BA in Human Development and Family Science

The Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) program focuses to educate students through quality instruction and experiential learning in lifespan human development and family science by fostering critical thinking and the research, communication, and career-ready skills that prepare them to become professionals in service to individuals and families.

Amelia Ayers-Underhill, 2023

Amelia Ayers-Underhill

Do you have a particular standout course or professor from your time as an undergraduate student?

Trauma Informed Child Welfare with Professor Prudden, and Professor Shortridge from my Introduction to Social Work course (SOCW 200)

What activities were you involved in during your time at Mason that impacted you the most? 

 My internship with Inova Health Systems has inspired me to pursue my MSW and a career in Case Management in a hospital or medical setting. I love interacting with patients and care teams to provide support to individuals during difficult and often scary times in their lives. 

Share a memorable "Mason moment."

 My most memorable moment was when I was accepted as a transfer student. I had almost given up on pursuing higher education after obtaining my Associates degree. I debated for months if I was ready to commit to my education and when I was accepted for the Spring 2022 term, I knew I was moving in the right direction. 

Reflecting on your time at Mason, what is one piece of advice you would give a student who is just starting off on their Mason journey?

 Engage in class as much as you can. Ask questions, and always correspond with your professor if you can't find a solution with your classmates. Your professors are there to guide you. They are experts in their fields and are happy to share their experiences and answer any questions you have. 

What is your next step?

 I plan to apply to the MSW program at GMU for the Fall of 2024, continue working at Inova Health System as a Case Management Specialist, and pursue a career in case management or clinical social work.