Alyssa Stephens Found Her Calling

posted on Monday, May 13, 2019 in  College News

When Alyssa Stephens graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, she wasn’t sure she wanted to go to college. Her brother was a UNI graduate, but he suggested she begin her education at Hawkeye.

Alyssa started with general education classes, then began branching out into psychology and ethics. She felt a pull toward social work, whether it was helping children or those dealing with substance abuse and mental illness.

“I know I want to be an advocate for somebody,” she said. She became involved with the Little Free Pantry, using her passion for advocacy to help raise its profile on campus.

“That has grown and shaped me as a person,” she said. “I’ve found a new appreciation and a new outlet.”

After graduation, Alyssa will transfer to UNI. She’s no longer uncertain about her career path, just whether she’ll stop at a bachelor’s degree or continue on for a master’s.


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