Justein found her interest and life’s work while taking a research methods class. The class led to an independent study about a nonprofit organization, Hope For The Warriors, that works with wounded military members and their families. She landed a summer internship with the organization.
“I wanted a major that could be a lifestyle. I found that in sociology where you can explore your interests.”
Other experiences—an internship with refugee resettlement at World Relief and service with the Blue Key Honor Society—opened opportunities to address tough societal issues and witness positive changes. She added a minor in social change/public advocacy to expand her knowledge as well. “When you leave here, you know your abilities and skills because the opportunities and faculty have challenged you.”
Justein joins Hope For The Warriors as an employee after graduation before beginning a master’s program in social work.