D. J. Fairell '14
"Every professor is diverse in their knowledge in the field; they provide positive insight and helped challenge me as a student and as a person in order to produce an effective social worker." -- D.J. Fairell
After months of comparing colleges, senior Social Work major Dajone Fairell chose Elizabethtown College as his place for higher education. Dajone who goes by D.J., says he chose Elizabethtown College because it is a place that could provide him with opportunities to excel academically.
D.J. of Schuylkill Haven, PA aspired to continue the works of great leaders like Ghandi and Martin Luther King by spreading the values of peace and social justice. D.J. knew that Elizabethtown College's Social Work Department would provide him with the necessary skills to achieve such admirable goals.
"Every professor is diverse in their knowledge in the field; they provide positive insight and helped challenge me as a student and as a person in order to produce an effective social worker."
D.J. embodies Elizabethtown's motto "Educate for Service" as one could see by his list of extracurricular activities. Throughout his last 3 years at Elizabethtown, D.J. has been involved in the P.E.P. (Positive Experience Program) program, an after school program that works with children after school hours and provides them with positive mentorship. He has also been involved in the mentoring program College Bound which links college students with high school adolescents of migrant workers.
Because the Social Work Program here at Elizabethtown College has provided students with the versatility to excel with all populations, D.J. has interned in two very different settings. For his junior year 80 hour internship (40 hours per semester), he interned at Masonic Village Health Care Center with geriatric clients. His duties included completing Medicare reports, visiting with residents, and participating in events on the grounds. His caseload included clients with Alzheimer's and others with dementia. D.J. is currently completing his 600 hour senior internship with Schuylkill Haven School District. He works in a setting that allows him to utilize his skills when working with adolescent groups as well as his skills of working with the individual.
"The Social Work Department provides opportunities for field work that strengthens resumes."
After graduation, D.J. hopes to make a change in the world by challenging social injustices that his classes helped him identify. He hopes to work in a government agency and obtain a Masters of Social Work degree.