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Careers: Recent Graduates

Liz Schepel '03

Liz is currently finishing up her master's degree in at Arizona State University, and working at a federally funded shelter for undocumented children without a parent. Liz majored in Spanish at Calvin and is recieving her masters in Social Work with a concentration in Political Trauma Treatment.

What were some of the most formative things you did in your time at Calvin?

I spent some time in Honduras, at first I wanted to major in Spanish Education because I didn't think there was anyting else I could do with a spanish major, after visiting my sister my freshman year who was teaching in Tegucigalpa, Honduras I realized that teaching was not for me. I had the oppourtunity to spend an interim interning at the Association for a More Just Society (AJS) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, working there was very formative in my passion for justice.

How did you get to where you are today?

I got connected to International Justice Mission (IJM) through AJS. I was originally going to volunteer and then right before I started they called me and asked if I wanted to be an administrative assistant. I was really excited and jumped at the oppourtunity. A few years later my huband and I moved to Bolivia, when there I was the "Director of Community Relations and Church Mobilization" that job got me very interested in trauma which is why i decided to go to grad school.

Advice to current IDS Students:

As you consider "helping" professions the issue of self care is very important. Not just so you don't burn out, but because you are at risk for vicarious trauma. Listen to your body and yourself, it is important to remain socially and spritually active to remain emotionally healthy. Remember that Jesus took a lot of time to rest.