Kaitlin Mullins, Class of 2012
B.A., Sociology and B.A., Criminal Justice
M.S.W. student at Appalachian State University
Where are you currently and what are you doing?
I am currently a 1st year graduate student at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. I am getting my Master in Social Work and will graduate in May 2014. I currently have an internship at an elementary school with the school social worker. I mostly work one on one with kids who have behavioral problems, family problems, and/or children who are going through major transitions, like divorce or if their parents are incarcerated. Next year I will have an internship with the Guardian ad Litem program in the area. I will be an advocate for children in the courts. I will contact various agencies and people (the child, schools, foster families, biological families, mental health professionals). From this information I will be making recommendation to the judge if the child should return back to their biological parents or if they should stay in foster care. I am really looking forward to this internship so I can bring back some criminal justice into my education!
How did the college programs prepare you?
My programs prepared me very well for the social work program. Having a sociology background gives me a great perspective because I am able to see how different systems influence individuals, families, and organizations. A major aspect of social work is the systems perspective and I think that GC’s sociology program gave me a great head start on viewing society like this. Another aspect sociology prepared me with is how race, class, and gender influence individuals and communities. Living in the Appalachian region is a very different culture than what I am used to back in Georgia, and being able to see the intersectionality of race, class, and gender has allowed me to learn and adapt much better to the new environment I work in. I also studied criminal justice at Georgia College. Criminal Justice has helped a lot in understanding how the Department of Social Services runs. It has also given me a perspective on the law and how it works, which has helped me in my studies and working with families who are involved in the criminal justice system.
What are your future plans?
After I graduate I plan on moving to Asheville and finding a job either as a school social worker or a job that links social work and criminal justice, much like the Guardian ad Litem program. I am also interested in working in Child Protective Services as an investigator. I have so many options and I hope I can find my dream job after graduation.
What are a couple of your favorite memories of your time at Georgia College?
I have so many great memories from Georgia College. Many of my favorite memories are with my involvement on campus. I was in Gamma Sigma Sigma, the National Service Sorority on campus and had such a great experience volunteering throughout Milledgeville. One of my greatest memories is having the experience of co-directing the Vagina Monologues my senior year. It was so much fun! I was really involved with the Women’s Center my senior year and actually did my senior capstone on my experience there. I met so many great friends there. I also have great memories from many of my classes. All of the professors in my program made class fun and fulfilling, I am so grateful to still be in contact with a number of professors! What I miss most about Georgia College is the campus. Although Boone is gorgeous, my heart will always have a special place for GC’s campus!