Kellie Gainey ’15

Kellie Gainey ’15

Sociology concentration: Family Studies/Social Work

Minor: Psychology

Additional training/education: MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (St. John's University)

Current job: Behavioral Health Care Coordinator

Why did you decide to major in Sociology? I always had an interest in people and in helping professions, and by the time I transferred to Wagner, I had decided to pursue social work. Wagner’s sociology department has a strong concentration program with excellent professors that I was excited to become a part of.

How has your Sociology degree (what you learned in your classes, readings, assignments, etc.) helped you in your job (and personal life)? I entered my field with a good understanding of theory, benefits, grant writing, and research which put me at an advantage to other applicants. In my personal life, I learned many a lesson from my professors and peers - inside and out of the classroom - that helped me better understand myself and my interactions with others.

What is your fondest memory of a Sociology class? I had a great cohort. We took all of our classes together, we did study groups, we would go to dinner. I remember the dinner after we presented our theses and it was the culmination of our time and work together. That was probably my favorite memory with the department.

Do you have any tips for current Wagner (Sociology) students? Internships are important! Become comfortable with basic communication in Spanish (or another language) if you intend to persuade social work and counseling. Enjoy your time with your friends, but do not be afraid of the wonderful things that come after your time at Wagner.