Carly Rousseau '14 is on her way to Greece. An experienced traveler who studied abroad during her undergraduate years, Rousseau recently earned a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship for the next academic year.
"I am beyond ecstatic to have this opportunity," she said. "I cannot wait for my time abroad."
While waiting to travel overseas, Rousseau will continue to concentrate on her job as a social worker for the Department of Children and Families (DCF) in Springfield, Massachusetts.
"I developed a passion for promoting child welfare and DCF is an amazing opportunity to make an impact," Rousseau said. "I have the opportunity to strengthen families by giving them access to the resources and support they need to succeed as a family."
Rousseau's path to DCF and Greece was paved by her studies at UMass Dartmouth and her experiences after graduation.
After graduation, she stayed at UMass Dartmouth working as a study abroad advisor in the International Programs Office. After this, she worked as a long-term substitute teacher in a middle school and as a residential caseworker at a girls' home.
"My degree has allowed me to hold positions in a variety of fields," Rousseau said. "Every opportunity may not have been my dream job, but every new position was a learning experience that allowed me to decide what I do and do not want in my career."