My name is Destini Engle and I am a December 2016 graduate from the University of Kentucky College of Social Work. The College of Social Work is extremely near and dear to my heart; it is where I found my passions, where my dreams became reality, and where I became the person I never knew I could be. Through the COSW, I met some of my very best friends and built irreplaceable relationships. I was challenged by both my professors and practicum supervisors, who truly believed that I could and would succeed. My cohort supported each other as each semester passed. I watched my fellow classmates get accepted into graduate school, receive their dream job offer, and get married and have adorable kids. I traveled to some of my favorite places in Kentucky to represent the College of Social Work as a Student Ambassador, where I was able to tell prospective students just how much I love what I do. It has been an honor to graduate from a program where both the students and faculty are passionate about making a difference.
During my final semester at UK, I completed my second practicum at Breckinridge Elementary School and Amachi Central Kentucky. At Breckinridge, I shadowed the school social worker, who has relationships with some of the children connected with the Amachi program. Amachi Central Kentucky is a mentoring program that pairs positive adult role models with children impacted by incarceration. Research suggests that children who are impacted by incarceration are significantly less likely to be imprisoned themselves if they have some type of adult mentor in their life. In October, I was fortunate enough to receive a full-time job offer from Amachi that I quickly accepted. Now, my official title is Amachi Match Specialist, which means that I conduct interviews for mentors and mentees, while also providing match support after mentors and mentees are paired together. There is not a more perfect job for me; I love what I do! And I am living proof that graduation and an awesome job does come.
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Destini Engle is recent alum from the Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program. Below she reflects on her experience in the College of Social Work and about life post-graduation.