Qeiana Lopez '15 wants to show troubled youth how much they have to offer.

Qeiana Lopez ’15 wants to show troubled youth how much they have to offer.

Qeiana Lopez '15 has been accepted into the master of social work program at Boston College, a US News & World Report top 10 program.

Elms/MWCC Psych Grad Sets Sights on Helping Youth

Qeiana Lopez ’15 wants to show troubled youth how much they have to offer. “I've always had a passion for being able to help troubled youth and help them see how valuable they are,” she said.

The Leominster, Mass., native was recently accepted into the master of social work program at Boston College, which is ranked No. 10 nationally by US News & World Report. When she completes that program, she plans to seek employment as a therapist specializing in troubled youth or as a high school guidance counselor.

Lopez has always felt drawn to the human services field. “But when I learned of the psychology program that Elms was offering at Mount Wachusett Community College, I found it interesting and switched gears a little bit,” she said. She chose the Elms College/MWCC program because it would help her fulfill her goal of helping people, and also because it was a perfect fit for her work/home schedule.

“The program was amazing,” Lopez said. “Not only were the hours and days convenient, but also I had the opportunity to meet wonderful and inspiring professors throughout the program. I especially appreciate how the advisor was always there, and willing to help and support us.

“Although it was tough at times, I would recommend the program to others who may work or have families and cannot be traditional college students but want to continue their education.”

She especially enjoyed building relationships with her classmates, who she said would all help each other “get through to the finish line,” and really appreciated support from her advisor, professor Peter Marcus, Psy.D.

She will start the M.S.W. program at Boston College this fall. “I am most excited to be that much closer to reaching my goals,” she said. “Once I graduate, I hope to find a job that involves helping adolescents and helping them focus on their goals, and also being a support system for them as well.”