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This week Our Lady of the Lake University bids farewell to 506 graduating students, including Social Work major Naudia Gonzalez.

Gonzalez is from the small city of Snyder in West Texas, and transferred from Western Texas College in the Fall of 2017. She came to OLLU because “I love San Antonio and all the culture it has to offer, and the university helped keep me close to my catholic roots and provided amazing programs and opportunities,” she said. 

While at OLLU Gonzalez was a member of the cheer team as well as the Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society. Gonzalez said that being part of these organizations has “helped me make life long friends that I will cherish forever as well as the memories.”

In addition to being in the Phi Alpha Honor Society, Gonzalez is also a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success and has been recognized as a Dean’s List student for the Fall 2018 semester. 

As a social work major Gonzalez completed an intership this semester with the Bexar County Family Justice Center. “I have learned so much from working with victims and my supervisor who has lead, guided, encouraged and challenged me to do more,” she said. Gonzalez chose to major in Social Work because “I believe everyone deserves to live a fulfilling life and have someone willing to stand up for them and help them when in need.” Gonzalez plans to return to OLLU for a master’s in July and is hoping to continue furthering “my education while using my undergrad in the field of social work to hopefully assist victims of domestic violence. OLLU has helped me grow as a person and given me a lot of opportunities in my field of work.” 

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