Andrea Eaves, West Virginia State University

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Major: Social Work
Graduation Date: May 12, 2018
Not Counted Because: Transferred; Started Part-Time

I was unable to continuously go through college because of several life interruptions. Taking care of my mother who is suffering from mental illness, being a single mother to two young women, only able to work to support my children alone, being homeless after a divorce, and having money issues during the crash in the stock market in 2008. I would like to find a job working within mental health, the disabled, or homeless population. I met a social worker that helped me change my and my children’s lives. I am legally blind and so are my two daughters. I didn’t get the help I needed from family, co-workers, or professors. I was told that I would never go to college and neither would my children. I chose social work because I wanted to return the favor to help others that were bullied. I also want to earn a master’s degree so I can be qualified to be a counselor.

Graduation means lowering the odds of ever being “stuck” again, homeless, or, in general, depending on others. I was bullied in school, so graduation is symbolic of my last laugh at them. Statistically, the majority of visually impaired people don’t obtain a college degree; I am within the small percent that beat the odds. This means my children have a role model to look up to. I hope is to show them that regardless of disability your goals can be accomplished.