Shayla MacDonald is a Social Work student from British Columbia, Canada. Shayla is a member of Phi Alpha Eta Psi Honor Society for social work and works as a tutor and peer mentor at the Student Success Center. She was also the Captain of the Women’s Ice Hockey team during her senior year. 

Why did you choose Anna Maria for your degree? 

Because their small community was so welcoming, which was everything I wanted in college and more. There were so many programs to choose from, and all of them were impressive in their own way.  

What do you love about your major? 

Being part of a therapeutic community which provides solace and comfort to its members. We all have a common goal and can relate to each other in many ways. The professors are amazing and very knowledgeable in their field, which translates into an enhanced education for all the students. 

What is your favorite Anna Maria College memory?  

My favorite memory was the Academic Symposium with my fellow social work seniors where we were able to showcase all of our hard work. Also, going to the championship final with the Women’s Ice Hockey team is a favorite memory of mine. Both are very cherished moments for me.  

What are your plans for the future after graduation? 

My plans after graduation are to get registered as a social worker and start working as soon as I can. My field experience both at the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office and the Worcester County Jail and House of Corrections was amazing, and I am very eager to enter the workforce. I also want to spend more time with my family and continue to help out in any way I can on the ice.  

What advice would you give to prospective students interested in Anna Maria College? 

The advice I would give is no matter who you are or where you come from, take the leap. The welcoming community makes this school so worth it. The people are the best, the community is the best, and the education is like no other. Taking the leap is the best thing I could have ever done for myself.