Simeon Baxter, University of South Florida

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Major: Social Work
Minor: Behavior Analysis
Graduation Date: May 5, 2018
Not Counted Because: Transferred

I transferred to the University of South Florida because it was part of my original plan for seeking a bachelor’s degree. I knew that if I wanted a career in social work I would need to enroll in a top-rated program and receive a quality education. In my final semesters at community college, I reached out to an advisor at the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences to facilitate my transfer into the School of Social Work for the Fall 2015 semester.

With my bachelor’s in social work and work experience as a family and community engagement specialist, I plan to make strides toward a future career in counseling children at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. I want to impact the lives of children who have been robbed of their voices and teach them to be self-advocates, despite whatever physiological, sexual, or physical trauma they have experienced. I intend to work a year before I pursue a masters in social work.

As a graduating student, having a college degree means that I have accomplished a goal that I set my sights on. Being the first in my family to graduate from a four-year university makes me proud to be a trailblazer for my family and, hopefully, an inspiration for my younger siblings and my community. I feel like I am one step closer to being a professional in my field of study and, eventually, an expert able to provide wisdom and practice experience to budding social work professionals.