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The Secret of Success

Loving what you do is an important "ingredient" for success.

“I love what I do and what I am a part of! The faculty, the student organizations and the overall dedication to the social and academic development of the students keeps me focused and motivated. The social work program at Western is great. The opportunities that are available for any student that wants to be involved are there.”

Getting Involved

Romesa Mickens & Friend.There are more than 250 registered student organizations at Western and Romesa is involved in several – from serving as president of the Black Student Association to acting as vice president for Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

“I became involved in the BSA because I believe in helping minority students adjust to the collegiate experience at WIU, as well as to be a liaison for the students and maintain the legacy of excellence set forth by past leaders. With my sorority, 'service to all mankind' is central to our mission, and that's something I inspire to do. Our chapter really rallies college women to be successful and contribute to the overall well-being of this campus and society.”

In her “spare time,” Romesa also serves on the Council of Student Activities and Funds, which she explains as "protecting the overall vision of student organizations," and is a member of the Blue Key Honor Society.

“Being involved in activities outside of the classroom really gives you some great multitasking skills. These activities also give you a break from your studies and gives students another creative outlet.”

A Helping Hand

“I have a heart for people. I believe in helping them in whatever situation they are in. That is the purpose of social work, to extend a helping hand and serve as an advocate. The professors in the social work department are excellent role models and their number one goal is to help you be the most proficient social worker possible. They really care about their students and they want us to succeed.”

Parting Words

“I really want to encourage others to succeed. My advice to any college student can be summed up in this quote: 'Your environment does not shape your academic abilities; use your experiences to enhance your chances at being successful.'”

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