Meet Katrina, researcher at the University of Pittsburgh and one of our Masters of Social Work Graduate Interns. We interviewed Katrina to find out a little more about her as well as gain some insight about our project.
That are your educational aspirations?
Right now I’m in my first year of the MSW program at Pitt, I’m very excited about the COSA curriculum and to really start to dig into that as my year progresses. COSA is the Community, Organization, and Social Action concentration program with in the MSW program at the University of Pittsburgh. I don’t have any Ph.D aspirations at this point, but the future is fluid!
Where do you see yourself in your career 10 years from now?
I currently work at the YMCA doing childcare, but my goal is to transition to a different role there once I complete the MSW program; hopefully, starting with the residences at the YMCA. I want to work at the YMCA forever! I think it’s a great organization with a lot of career flexibility to do some amazing work with many different populations because each YMCA location is tailored to the community that it is in. Which is something I love about it.
What personal goals are you working toward right now?
My husband and I are in the process of transitioning a teenage foster-adoptive placement into our home. I’m very excited about this, I’m nervous about becoming a “new mom” and my goals are to engage in self-care daily and to continue to work toward balance in my life.
What do you like about the SOVA project?
I really like how supportive everything is, and how it is very positive for everyone involved, including the research team!
What do you think are some of the barriers to the project gaining speed?
I think that getting people to know about this amazing project and engage on the website will be difficult at first. But I also don’t see that stopping us from doing some meaningful work with a fantastic population!
What do you think are some of the strengths the project already has?
I think the research team is motivated, kind, and really cares about the research and positive outcomes for the youth we are engaging with!