Carving a path to helping others

For as long as she can remember, Elisa Pride has been an empathetic person, and she’s made it her mission to do whatever she can to help others in their time of need. So when deciding what to do with her career, she realized what better way to help others than to join a community dedicated to service workers?

“My goal is to be a LCSW (licensed clinical social worker) and work with populations of all types, but especially women and children who are victims of human trafficking,” said Elisa.

To help her achieve this goal, she chose to major in Human Services at Ivy Tech Indianapolis.

“From the very beginning of my journey here, I have had nothing, but positive people embrace me and encourage me,” she said.

Describing her time as a student as a nurturing experience, Elisa explained the College helped her develop the skills she needed to get where she wanted to be – encouraging her along the way and keeping her motivated.

“As a student and a single mother, I experienced many challenges while attending Ivy Tech,” she explained. “There were some days my children could not attend school because they were sick; therefore, I could not attend class. But my teachers were so kind that they would record the lecture or send me a synopsis of what the lecture entailed so I could complete my assignments and not fall behind.”

Elisa established a close bond with one of her favorite professors, Ms. Whitney, and the team in the Career of Career Coaching and Employer Connections, with whom she had interned. The connections she made with her professor and CCEC were invaluable, especially being there for her during a tragic time in her life.
“It made all the difference in the world.”

Elisa graduated from Ivy Tech Indianapolis in the Fall of 2021 and continues to be a part of Ivy Tech, now working in its Express Enrollment Center. Additionally, Elisa is continuing her studies at IUPUI.

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