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Kristin McGivern ’18

Kristin McGivern ’18
Full-time Student
Master of Social Work

What three words best describe who and what you are?
Humanitarian. Leader. Caretaker.

What inspired you to earn your college degree? What was your “moment”?
I always wanted to complete my undergraduate degree but was very confused about the “right” path when I was 18. With no family history of college, the necessary support systems and confidence was lacking. As I matured both personally and professionally my self confidence grew. Being an example for my children further reinforced my commitment to invest in me and therefore everyone around me.

Why did you choose to attend ESC?
It offered the flexibility to create a degree that was exciting to me and allowed me to best balance my family, career, sanity and studies.

Who supported and encouraged you along the way?
I was blessed to have a number of supervisors and professional peers express support. My husband and sons were my biggest cheer leaders!

What, if any, obstacles did you overcome?
Many; justifying the cost, loans and actual value at my age, time from my children, husband, family, and friends, admitting to peers I supervised with degrees higher than mine, health conditions that create physical and therefore emotional and mental set backs, fatigue and motivation to stay the course.

What advice would you give to a prospective ESC student?
Don’t short change or doubt yourself. Any degree or learning investment will expand your way of thinking. Those expansions are truly the greatest gifts in life as they offer you new perspectives and gifts to share. Don’t be intimidated as everyone is in a similar boat and you are just as worthy as everyone else. Take as long as you need, be patient and kind to yourself. Ask questions and ignore those who don’t get it. They will when they see you graduating and thriving!

Why do you give back to SUNY Empire?
Because I am grateful for my experience and confident endorsing what they offer. My instructors and classmates were insightful and challenged my thinking. Its without a doubt the perfect fit for people living real lives.

Anything else you would like to share?
Thanks to the encouragement and recommendations of two of my professors I have moved on to a competitive full time Masters program in Social Work.