Last year we had dynamic students that made an impression on the community. Lindsay Dunkel shared this reflection on her experience at MRHS:
Doing a field placement at MRHS was a wonderful opportunity that lead to immense personal and professional growth. I can’t express enough what a profound affect my year in New York had on my life. Much more than from the classroom, my learning came from fieldwork. As I am searching for a job at home I find myself wanting to work in a large fast-paced organization but then I reflect on how meaningful it was to get to know all of the MRHS staff and individuals that frequented the office. It was nice to build those personal relationships. This was something very special at fieldwork that not all of my friends experienced in their own placements. I am thankful because being able to work closely with many social workers who were willing to give me advice greatly aided my learning. MRHS was also fun! I enjoyed chatting with residents, seeing my clients, attending the Super Clubs and other events that Anthony and I planned, running the technology program, and working with the ebay team. These activities taught me a lot about the pleasant and difficult aspects of aging. I am a more prepared social worker because I worked with bereavement, illness, and loss and because I saw successful friendships formed, engagement in social activities, healthy aging, people continuing their lifelong interests, learning new interests and a myriad of other things that people expect to decrease with age (to which I can now even more confidently tell them is not always the case!). I hope to be an advocate for older adults and their causes and the successes of MRHS’s programs shape the way that I look at aging and community. Finally, thank you all for your kindness and support, the year went by so fast – I am glad to have met such a diverse group of individuals.