How did your BDP experience influence your career path and interests?
The Bridging Disciplines Programs provided me with the initial opportunity and financial resources to seriously pursue my interests in Alaska. The required Connecting Experiences afforded me the chance to develop an internship experience in Alaska that I completed over a summer, which helped form important connections that eventually led to my current position. Also, the program helped me intentionally select courses that equipped me with information relevant to the field of social work and the work I am a part of here in my community.
What do you value most about your BDP experience?
The chance to pursue internships that not only provided unique opportunities, but worked in partnership with my degree program. Additionally, my internship led me to find an amazing faculty mentor who supported me throughout my time in Alaska and challenged me to pursue my goals and interests. The Children & Society BDP helped me make the most out of my time at UT through opportunities that I otherwise would not have had.
In what ways did an interdisciplinary education prepare you for what you are currently doing?
Equipping myself with multiple disciplines challenged the way that I approached different situations. It created the opportunity to learn valuable problem-solving skills that have been essential to my job. In this community, there are not only numerous positions in various settings that I must navigate, but there is a diverse population of cultures, beliefs, traditions and norms that necessitates approaches from several perspectives.