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Katrina Evans
Social Work, Senior
Queens, N.Y. 

When I transferred to Norfolk State from Tidewater Community College after earning my associate degree, I first wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. However, I found my niche in the Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work. NSU has been very instrumental in helping me achieve my educational goals by offering a dynamic social work program that is training me to become a professional with an eclectic knowledge base for helping individuals, families, groups and organizations of any size. I have been working with Project Hope, a grant funded program within the School of Social Work. This program allows me to go out on campus and talk with pregnant or parenting students, both male and female, and assist them in obtaining help to stay in school.

Coming to NSU as a transfer student was not easy for me, so I have made it my mission, along with Mrs. Danielle Williams, Mr. James Smith and Mrs. Shardae Avents, to make sure any student transferring to NSU has the best experience possible. I am president of the TransferMation Peer Mentors, a new group established to help transfer students make the transition to NSU. I am also a Peer Educator for Project Hope, and a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and Alpha Delta Mu National Social Work Honor Society. In addition, I am a mother of three girls—20, 14 and 10 years of age.

My advice to both incoming freshmen and current students is the same thing that I tell my children: don’t be shy; go to different events on campus and find the organization and group of individuals whose value systems are similar to yours; and always seek help and ask questions of faculty, staff and peer mentors.

When I first arrived at NSU, as a nontraditional student, I asked myself, ‘What are you going to do? All of these people are young. Most of them are the same age as your daughter.’ However, I found other nontraditional students and learned that Norfolk State has a place for everybody within the Spartan family!

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