Graduate Student Profile

Kayla Rivers

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Kayla Rivers
Kayla Rivers

Kansas City, Missouri

College:

College of Health Professions and Sciences

Degree Program:

Social Work MSW


"UCF is huge but they never forget about the little people. Become a Knight!"

Graduate student Kayla Rivers is currently earning her master’s degree in social work. Rivers earned her previous degrees in psychology and criminal justice at Southeast Missouri State University. She was drawn to UCF for her graduate studies partly because of the funding she received, but also because “it’s a beautiful and diverse campus and there are many opportunities for advancement in Florida.”

Rivers is a McNair Scholar, which she credits as a large reason she chose to attend UCF. The McNair Scholars Program is focused on increasing graduate degrees for students from underrepresented segments of society, such as first-generation college students with financial need or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education. Rivers points out that she is a member of four minority groups that fall into this category – she is African-American, female, gay, and a first-generation college student. Rivers strongly encourages anyone who falls into an underrepresented category to apply for the program. While earning her graduate degree, Rivers has also made the Dean’s List.

One aspect of the social work program that Rivers appreciates is the ample opportunities to learn about mental health counseling. She also points out that the social work program has faculty who care about students’ futures and learning processes. Rivers particularly appreciates Dr. Kevin Brown, who frequently shares his previous work experiences with his students and does a good job of recommending books that are relevant to students’ specific tasks.

Rivers plans to graduate in May 2020. After graduating, she hopes to follow her passion and become the director of a diversion program.

Highlights:

  • First-Generation College Student
  • McNair Scholar
  • Dean's List Recipient

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