USG Shana HeadshotMy name is Shana, and I am in my senior year of the Social Work program through UMBC at USG. I will graduate with a bachelors degree in social work, as well as my chosen minor of sociology. I will be sticking ‘Around The Grove’ until May 2016, which is my anticipated graduation date. Though this year, I only grace the Grove with my presence one day a week, as I am currently doing my field work at an assisted living home, working with dementia patients, in Washington D.C.

While I do love what I study, there is much more to me than that. I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia in an observant Jewish home, and once I graduate from this program I hope to start a career in Israel. My family is extremely diverse, and my parents and each of my three siblings have given me different perspectives on life that have led me to pursuing a social work career.

My passions and hobbies include, but are not limited to, listening to (and decoding the lyrics of) music, talking about the red pick up truck I learned to drive in, writing, traveling, the season of Fall, spending quality time with friends and family, spending time outside being active, and my unfathomably precious niece and nephew, who I love to pamper more than anything.

Within the social work field, my points of interest are advocating for juvenile justice, working within the criminal justice system, and empowering at-risk youth. My college experience thus far has been a wild ride, and I am excited to have found stability and welcomeness here at USG, and I think it is so important for all of these experiences to be shared.

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