Lorin Kay, M.S.W. ’12, the winner of the Student of the Year Award from the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), has dreamed of being a social worker since childhood. “Since I was a little girl—6 to be precise—I have wanted to be in social work,” Ms. Kay said. “I was struggling in my own personal life at a young age, and I was fortunate enough to have parents who believe in therapy. They took me to see a social worker…I remember feeling comfortable, safe and incredibly understood by this person. I knew then that I found what I was looking for.”
After earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology from SUNY New Paltz, Ms. Kay decided to pursue an M.S.W. at Adelphi’s Manhattan Center. The breadth of Adelphi’s curriculum impressed her. “Had I not tried it all, I would not feel so good about entering the workforce,” Ms. Kay said of her Adelphi experience.
In addition to excelling in the classroom, Ms. Kay was selected as a research assistant to Associate Professor Philip Rozario. They examined and analyzed data from a qualitative study of Singapore’s Maintenance of Parents Act.
Ms. Kay said she was “incredibly flattered and humbled” to win the NASW honor. “The fact that I am being presented with an award for doing something that makes me feel emotionally fulfilled and whole is still something that I am trying to absorb,” she said. “I feel as though I am just doing what I was