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Yayne Valdez '19: Outstanding BASW Student
May 15, 2018


Yayne Valdez '19 is currently a junior pursuing a Bachelor’s in Social Work degree, and she has already completed her minor requirements for psychology. Over the last two and half semesters, she  volunteered at Harmony Family success center. This year, she was nominated “employee of the year” by her supervisor Ericka Deglau, who is also the director of the Intensive Weekend MSW program. Yayne has been on the Dean’s list in the fall of 2017 and in the spring of 2018.


I was born and raised in Newark, NJ. I attended Science Park High School in Newark and was able to be part of the International Baccalaureate Program.

What drew you to Rutgers School of Social Work’s BASW program?

I have a strong interest in making a difference in people’s lives. Being able to help individuals through hard times is a privilege not everyone can accomplish and being able to educate myself to achieve this is self-rewarding. I do plan on getting my Master’s degree and what interests me in the master’s program is the doors it opens up to students and while working for Professor Deglau, I am able to see the hard work the teachers and faculty put into it in order to provide the best for their students, this motivates me to want to get my Master’s in Social Work.

What are your areas of research or professional interest?

My areas of professional interest are children and families. I want to be able to look for families wellbeing and provide them with essential information.

List five words that friends would use to describe you.

Loyal, joyful, ambitious, affectionate, and sympathetic.

Do you have a favorite quote or phrase that serves as your persona creed or motto?

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

How do you manage balancing your time with schoolwork, volunteer work, and job and/or home life?

At first managing my time between schoolwork, volunteer work, and job was difficult, I had to create a schedule for myself and write down what I had to do every single day. It was difficult to follow because some days i was just tired and would put the schoolwork off, but i learned that whenever I have a small amount of free time if I use it wisely doing school work I save a lot of time in the long run and also stress.

What are your plans after graduation?

I'd like to work with children and families and eventually earn my master’s degree.

Any advice for incoming students?

Time management is really important. Therefore, organizing your time wisely is an integral step to success.

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