Heather Hartrum '07
The program prepared me to smoothly transition into a graduate program and gain employment in the social work field. -- Heather Hartrum
Heather Hartrum '07, a social worker at Pennsylvania State University Milton S. Hershey Children's Hospital, attributes much of her success to her experiences at Elizabethtown College. Heather served as a peer mentor and peer mentor trainer, a role which she said increased her confidence.
“Coming to Elizabethtown College, my peer mentor and peer group were a large part of my first year. After that year, I felt connected to the campus community and that was what I wanted to bring to other incoming students,” she said.
As a social worker who specifically deals with pediatric hematology and oncology patients, Heather is working alongside her former field placement supervisor. Her current job not only takes her into hospitals and doctors offices, but also into the community to raise pediatric cancer awareness.
“While at Elizabethtown College, completing various service-learning hours taught me the importance of giving back to the community, which, in turn, provided me with multiple educational opportunities,” she said.
Heather enjoyed the variety of teaching methods from the diverse faculty and says the small class sizes at E-town allowed for a strong professor-and-student relationship.
“The program prepared me to smoothly transition into a graduate program and gain employment in the social work field,” she said.
--Jordyn Howe '13