Each year, we ask our incoming cohort of students:

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE US?

…..and we want to share their answers with you! This year’s class enters at a particularly unique time. Despite the hurdles and uncertainty presented by a pandemic, widespread protests, a tumultuous election year, and many many more turbulent events worldwide, these students have hunkered down; they’ve made a choice; and they’re entering the field of social work where they can manifest their visions for positive change. We’re so excited to have them and share their reflections with you. We will be posting a few profiles per post. We hope you enjoy!

For last year’s responses visit THIS BLOG POST

Meet Gifty Ameyaw!


UNE MSW Student, Gifty Ameyaw

What made you choose UNE over other options?
I chose UNE because I found the certificate options as an added bonus to pursuing my MSW

What drew you to the social work profession?
Tackling a certificate program in Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counseling challenged me to consider furthering my education in the social work profession.

What area of social work are you most interested in?
I am interested in a number of areas in the social work field. My hope is that as I embark in this educational pursuit, I will gain a clearer idea of which direction to take. Currently my interests are in mental health and substance abuse counseling, local community and international advocacy as well as diversity.

Do you plan to pursue any certificates? If so, which ones?
Applied Arts and Social Justice and Training in Aging and Diversity

Do you know what you want to do when you graduate? Or, in the words of our motto “How do you plan to do good?”
I want to inspire more people of diverse backgrounds to consider the social work profession

What are you looking forward to most about living/studying in the Greater Portland Area?
Having lived primarily in urban areas, I am looking forward to exposing myself to more outdoor activities while living here in Maine.

Meet Morgan Clattenburg!

MSW Student, Morgan Clattenburg

What made you choose UNE over other options? The sense of community I felt when I came to visit campus and faculty. Everyone is just so welcoming and authentic. I was also really impressed to learn they offered independent study and additional certificates on top of the core curriculum! You can really create your own unique experience that caters to your interests here at UNE!


What drew you to the social work profession? The desire to learn how to assist in creating healthier, happier and more connected communities

What area of social work are you most interested in?
Mental health/Clinical, Wilderness Therapy, Holistic/Alternative Therapy , Teaching

Do you plan to pursue any certificates? If so, which ones? Trauma and Training in Aging and Diversity

Do you know what you want to do when you graduate? Or, in the words of our motto “How do you plan to do good?”
I have two goals after graduation

  1. Teach at the university level (Pursue the PhD). I want to teach others how to do good 🙂
  2. Gain clinical hours to open a practice (animal/nature therapy).

What are you looking forward to most about living/studying in the Greater Portland Area?
Student, faculty and community connection.

Thank you Morgan and Gifty!! We are excited to have you as part of our new cohort!

Stay tuned for more responses. We will post as they come in!

RSVP AND DETAILS ONLINE: https://www.une.edu/wchp/socialwork/events

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