Shawnette Miles

Class Year

’15

Hometown

Zion, Ill.

Major(s)

Social Work

Minor(s)

Sociology

Shawnette Miles hopes to use her career in social work to help people and empower youth in a high school setting, or through a non-profit community organization. She knows her time at Carthage is preparing her for that. “The standards are set high for us. They want us to be well-versed social workers who can not only be successful in our areas of specialty, but in the field as a whole,” she said. 

“The standards are set high for us. They want us to be well-versed social workers who can not only be successful in our areas of specialty, but in the field as a whole.”

Shawnette Miles, ’15

Career goal

“To provide social work services to youth in a high school group home setting and through non-profit community organizations.”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

Dani Geary! She teaches relevant material, uses current issues as examples in her teachings, and leads by example. She knows what is like to be a working student and expects us to live up to the standards that she has for herself as a student.”

Favorite class

“Practice I, because I was able to gain field experience by working with a social worker at one of the local high schools.”

Campus involvement

“I will be serving as co-secretary for SWAG this coming year.”

Toughest class

Western Heritage and Statistics.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I have done field placements and am looking forward to my internship in the spring.”

Opportunities at Carthage

“I spent my first 2 1/2 years here at Carthage in the Adult Education program and working full time and have taken classes during the J-Term, but now that I am a full-time student, I am considering traveling during J-Term.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Now that I am able to spend more time on campus and getting to know my classmates, I was able to attend a play in the theatre district of Chicago with a few of them last semester.”

Favorite spot on campus

“Any location where I can see the lake.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The amount of studying required!”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“School and studying have always been challenging for me, so my 8-year-old self would be proud because I have made it this far in my education. Even as a child I knew I wanted to serve people, so she would be just as happy about my career choice.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Prepare to study and work hard, but it will be worth it.”