Networking and Experience Leads Gabrielle Horney to Graduate Social Work


From December graduation to graduate school, Lake Erie College alumna Gabrielle Horney ‘18 from Springfield, Ohio has been accepted to The Ohio State University’s Social Work program.

“Ohio State University’s College of Social work spotlights its consistent service to the community and those who are wishing to make a difference by attending classes,” Horney explained. “When researching social work programs, they popped up as the number 15 social work program in the nation, respectively. This accolade is what solidified them in my list of schools, and what ultimately led them to be my top choice.”

In the College of Social Work, Horney will have a chance to get hands-on education and become the best advocate and clinician possible. Her focus is particularly on social work with children and their families. As an avid Buckeyes fan, she is thrilled to be accepted into OSU’s graduate program.

Dr. Steve Yachanin, Professor of Psychology at Lake Erie College, is not surprised that Horney has been accepted into the graduate program of her choice. Horney graduated from the Lake Erie College psychology program with honors.

“Gabrielle is an excellent example of a student who worked hard and took advantage of the many opportunities afforded by a small, liberal arts college to acquire an education that will take her far in her career and life,” Dr. Yachanin said. “I would love to have a classroom full of students like her."

Horney is no stranger to working with the community. While on campus, she worked at the Office of Student Life as a residence director. Billie Dunn, Vice President for Student Affairs, spoke highly of Horney and recommended her to speak at commencement.

“I am very proud of her and know she will do well at The Ohio State University,” said Dunn. “She took advantage of the intimate, personal relationships at Lake Erie College and I believe it has contributed significantly to her growth and success.”

This personal growth will lead her as she continues her journey toward changing the world through social work. Horney is confident that her time at LEC set her on the right course.

“The professors in the psychology department have provided me with a good foundation of knowledge and introduced networking with alumni who allowed me to gain working experience in the field,” she said. “With the combined classes and work, I feel as though I have been more than adequately prepared to work towards my Master’s degree.”

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