Andrew Northrop

I am pursuing my life’s dreams because of SVSU.

Andrew Northrop is passionate about being a social worker… so passionate that when he received his bachelor of social work degree from SVSU in May 2013 he immediately enrolled in the accelerated master’s degree program Michigan State University offers on SVSU’s campus.  His internship at MidMichigan Medical Center confirmed that he wanted to pursue medical social work in trauma and crisis intervention. 

I am glad about my choices.

For a very long time, Andrew had his education and career path mapped out.  After graduating from Port Huron’s Marysville High School in 2006, he wanted experience at a non-profit organization and then a business degree. After gaining that experience, his path led him first to St. Clair Community College and ultimately to SVSU. 

It was there he took the introduction to social work class, “… and that was it,” he says.

I am passionate about my career, and my alma mater.

Andrew’s desire to be a medical social worker comes from a very personal place.  His mother passed away after a failed liver transplant and, Andrew says, the hospital social worker who helped his family navigate the process had a profound effect on him.  “That experience made it clear to me as to what I wanted to do with my life,” he says.  “The experiences I sought and had at SVSU helped me become more compassionate, a better communicator … a listener and more open to understanding the joy and spirituality of people around the world who often live in very harsh conditions.”

I am a better person – and social worker – because of my university experiences.

Andrew is proud that what he does is who he is.  “This is not just a job for me.  I found my path, my place.  I love it.”

At SVSU, Andrew was engaged in a wide variety of experiences.  He notes that SVSU opportunities are vast, and students can choose to sit on the sidelines, participate or lead. Andrew chose leadership. He was:

  • A member of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society;
  • A student representative of the Student Conduct Review Board;
  • A chapter events coordinator for the National Residence Hall Honorary;
  • A member and organizer of the Student Social Work Organization;
  • The creator and president of Speaking Out Loud, a campus organization that advocates and educates students on issues and concerns of the LGBT community;
  • A recipient of SVSU’s “Excellence in Social Awareness” award and the “Shining Star Award for Campus Involvement;”
  • An intern at Innerlink Runaway Services;
  • A volunteer for American Home Health & Hospice Care;
  • A member of the LGBT Advisory Committee;
  • A member of the Residential Hall Association;
  • An orientation Leader;
  • A tour guide for Admissions’ “Club Red;”
  • A resident assistant for inclusion; and
  • Someone who took advantage of SVSU travel opportunities, including Study Abroad to London, “Breaking Outside the Borders” to El Paso to study border issues and a participant of an enrichment trip to Ecuador.