CHE Pirate Profiles -- Katie Yankov

Katie Yankov  
Greenville, NC
Masters of Social Work

Why did you choose ECU?
I love Greenville and all the opportunities in the community here.  I also love being close enough to family to feel their support.

Were you are transfer student? If so, from where?
During undergraduate study, I transferred from Appalachian State University.

Why did you choose your major?
Social Work is inspiring.  It gives us the opportunity to touch lives and better others circumstances.

What would you tell potential students who are considering your major?
That social work will change you and help you change the world.

 Have you participated in any internship or undergraduate research opportunities? If so, describe.
I am currently in my third internship through ECU.  I had one during undergraduate study, one second semester of my first graduate year, and a year-long internship during my current and final year.  These placements have given me the opportunity to learn under the supportive supervision of professionals working in my field.  I am a graduate research assistant helping with research and teaching projects.  The exposure to the research process is a valuable experience for future work.

What other activities are you involved with at ECU (social clubs, student organizations, etc.) and/or the community?
I am the president of the Social Work Honor Society, Phi Alpha-Chi Zeta.  I am the chair of the Graduate Association of Social Workers (GASW).

Do you have any other hobbies/interests?
I love to paint and craft.  I find the relaxing quality of these activities to help keep me feeling well rounded.

What is your best ECU memory?
I love the Social Work celebration held at the end of spring semester.  The warmth and community atmosphere reminds students of our achievements and reminds us how proud the faculty is to have been a part of our journey.

How has your experience(s) at ECU changed you?
Being at ECU has given me professional confidence.  It has taught me to seek help and to love knowledge.

What are your future plans (grad school, job, travel, etc.)?
I am going to pursue licensure for clinical work and then I hope to pursue a PhD.

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