Brenda Pryor

Brenda Pryor

Social Work

Year in school: Junior

Hometown/State: Niagara Falls, NY

Transfer from Erie Community College

Why did you choose Daemen College?

The smaller campus yields a more intimate classroom setting. Allowing for one on one time with professors and building relationships with my peers. The social work program here is amazing and gives me an opportunity to complete my Master’s program within a year after graduating.

Why did you choose your present major?

Becoming a social worker who works with active duty military or veterans is a passion I’ve had since being in the military myself. After getting out, I found that the resources available to vets are slim yet the issues we face are vast. Some of those issues being mental health disorders and substance abuse.  I want to be able to provide an environment in which, veterans as well as those who currently serve are getting treatment for any problems they may face, as well as, a rehabilitation program designed to get them back into society healthily.

Please describe your academic experience at Daemen College. (Ex: It is challenging, but I know it will prepare me for my career..etc)

Being a transfer student coming from a local community college, I have to admit that the work I am completing today is much more challenging than that of the work I completed at my past school. Although much more complicated, I am up for the challenge because I know it would provide a strong foundation for my future. I strongly believe that challenges and obstacles we face during life provide strength and fortitude. I appreciate that the curriculum is difficult because it forces me to think outside the box and critically think about the task at hand.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I plan to go on to the master’s program here at Daemen College. My goal after achieving a master’s degree in social work to work directly with veterans who suffer from addictions and mental health issues.

What is your favorite campus hangout? Why?

My favorite hangout on campus is the Veteran’s Lounge. This is a place where Veterans have a quiet space to do homework, study, have lunch and take the occasional in-between-class nap. There were recent renovations that enhanced the space with a kitchenette and lockers.