9/11: One Person Can Make a Difference
“Social work is about helping people get to a better place, including yourself. I’ll be a great social worker. I love people—all shapes and sizes.”
Alicia Regans has always been one with her city. The GSSW Class of ’14 alum jogs across Manhattan’s West Side or alongside the scenic Cross Island Parkway daily. It’s how she gathers her thoughts and finds peace and relaxation. That lifelong connection to New York also explains why her most painful memory was running toward the Twin Towers on 9/11 as a first-responder NYPD officer.
“As a police officer, I’m supposed to help people, and I still hear the cries of those I didn’t help,” she recalls. “Those I couldn’t help.” Fortunately, Alicia wasn’t left without help, because, “In the months and years that followed, social workers helped me to get past that day.”
That’s why Alicia is studying to become a social worker. She knows one person can make a difference, and that anyone affected by trauma deserves a chance to regain their sense of peace and solace. This is Alicia Regan’s story.
This is Alicia Regan’s story.