I am on a first-name basis with my professors

NAME: Allison Yuska
HOMETOWN: Toledo, Iowa
MAJOR: Social work

INVOVLEMENT ON CAMPUS: Social Work Club, Dance Marathon, Wartburg College Track and Field, Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Chi, and Phi Alpha

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WARTBURG: In the beginning, I didn’t know where I wanted to go, so I went on a bunch of college visits, and I ended up choosing Wartburg because I had that feeling that this is where I needed to be. I also really liked the track coach, and track was part of the reason why I came here.

HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON YOUR MAJOR: I came in undecided, but I knew I wanted to go into a profession where I could help others. I took a beginning social work class with Professor Lynn Peters, and I just fell in love with it right away. It was then I knew that was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: I will be attending St. Ambrose to get a master’s degree in social work. 

WHAT HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE HAVE YOU HAD AS A STUDENT: I did my first practicum at Four Oaks in Waterloo, where I got to know the agency and worked with other social workers. That was my first experience getting into the field. Now I’m doing my senior practicum placement, which is a whole semester long, and I am doing that with the Waverly-Shell Rock United Way. It was all remote because of COVID, but was a chance to get integrated into the agency, work with my supervisor and other agencies, and basically become a social worker.

Allison Yuska

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS MAJORING IN SOCIAL WORK: Don’t worry if you don’t know exactly what you want to do. At Wartburg, and especially in the social work major, there are so many opportunities; just try out different things and don’t be afraid to get involved. Lean on your peers and your professors because they’ll help you along the way.

HOW HAS WARTBURG SET YOU UP FOR SUCCESS IN YOUR FIELD: I think it is a very advanced program, especially compared to other colleges and universities, because we take advanced classes and get that real-life experience, which makes us prepared to go into the workforce or go on to a master’s program. It taught me about different areas of social work and how to become a social worker effectively. 

DO YOU HAVE ANY MENTORS ON CAMPUS: Professors Tammy Faux and Lynn Peters have been really supportive and are great role models for what it means to be a social worker. When I was figuring out what I wanted to do, Lynn  was very supportive. He showed me what classes I might be interested in and talked me through the process.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WARTBURG MEMORY: Freshman year Outfly. I hung out with my roommates and got that genuine Wartburg experience for the first time.

WHY IS WARTBURG WORTH IT: I am on a first-name basis with my professors, and I know I can go to them for anything and they’ll help and support me. Also, the people I’ve met have become some of my best friends. Wartburg is just so welcoming, and it’s such a nice environment, and the people have made my experience worth it.