Meet Abigail Eisner. This class of 2023 bachelor of social work (BSW) graduate will be working as a family services specialist while she pursues a master of social work during the Fall 2023 semester. Even though she faced many hardships during Hurricane Ian, her passion for social work ignited her academic success and she was honored to be on the Dean’s List every semester.
Hometown: Daytona Beach, Fla
Degree: Social Work
What will you be doing after graduation?
After graduation, I am returning to work as a family services specialist. I work for a non-profit organization that works to provide opportunities for quality early learning, as well as strengthening families and our community. Community-based care organizations are vital to the healthy functioning of communities because they provide education and resources to those in need. In the Fall of 2023, I have plans to earn my Master of Social Work at UCF!
What are your long-term career plans?
My long-term career plan is something I’m still narrowing down, as I have a wide range of interests when it comes to social work. My main areas of interest are the education system, behavioral interventions and individuals with disabilities. In a perfect world, I would combine my three interests and work with students that have special needs. I’d love to be in a position to empower students to reach their full potential and ensure that they have the supports they need for academic and social success.
What accomplishment from your time at UCF are you most proud of?
The accomplishment I’m most proud of from my time at UCF is learning to step out of my comfort zone. I’m a shy person, but I’ve challenged myself over the last two years to do things that make me feel uncomfortable. Stepping out of my comfort zone has opened many doors for me, from new friendships to networking connections. I feel proud that I have conquered my shyness because of all the opportunities it has opened for me. Submitting my information for this graduate spotlight is my final method of stepping out of my comfort zone, so thank you UCF!
What did you love the most about your time at UCF?
Social work is a deep passion of mine, so I really loved my classes and the lectures at UCF. The professors are experienced and extremely knowledgeable in their discipline with so many valuable stories and experiences to share. Some professors would even invite guest speakers to our class to ensure that we get a first-hand account to learn about the many areas of social work. I believe that UCF’s social work program has done a wonderful job of preparing me for my future career.
What advice would you give current social work students?
I would tell students that taking care of themselves should be their number one priority because we cannot be effective social workers if we are struggling with our own care.