Dana Keeran ’17 is ready to fulfill a calling to social work

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Why Pfeiffer

“I feel completely prepared to further my studies because of the knowledge and skills my professors gave me throughout my Pfeiffer journey; they have helped me in ways they’ll never know.”

As Dana Keeran ’17, graduates from Pfeiffer to pursue a master’s in social work at Western Carolina University, she does so with a plan that is different from the one she started with as a freshman.

“I arrived with the intention to become a doctor,” she said, highlighting her exercise science major. “As time went on, I realized that I wanted to do something that allowed me to spend more time with children than a physician typically can.”

Through an internship with Terrie Hess House, a child advocacy center in Rowan County, Dana found her passion. There she was given the opportunity to participate in much of the work of social workers whose calling is to serve children who have suffered abuse. She observed forensic interviews, attended multidisciplinary meetings with law enforcement, learned to enter information into the center’s database and more.

A student-athlete and women’s soccer team captain, Dana appreciates her athletic scholarship as well as the Lettie Pate Whitehead Case Scholarship for making a Pfeiffer education affordable.

“These scholarships allowed me to focus on my classes, experiential learning and soccer rather than finding a job to pay for college,” she said. “There are so many things about Pfeiffer I will miss but I’m ready for the next challenge.”