Hi and welcome to my blog. I am Rachael D. Mack, a fourth year doctoral candidate at the University of Central Florida in the Public Affairs program. I received my Bachelors and Masters in Social Work in 2015 and 2016 from the illustrious Florida State University, GO NOLES! I know you’re probably thinking, “gesh, that was only a year apart, and you’re already a fourth year doctoral student, how”??? Well let me tell you, it has not been an easy journey, but I am so happy that I chose to embark up it, and I will tell you why a little later.
I am a native of the Sunshine State and more specifically the city beautiful, Orlando, Florida. I am a first generation college student, and although I have experienced a variety of educational disadvantages from residing in a community surrounded by low-performing schools throughout my life, my parents have never allowed access to be a reason for lowering my educational trajectory. While I know this is not the reality of all minority students, my personal educational experiences birthed within me a deep desire to advocate for educational equality for all.
Throughout my life I have always aspired to help and to encourage others in their times of need and to provide assistance when permitted. All of which lead me to the field of Social Work. Upon receiving my degrees, I still felt as though I did not know exactly what I wanted to do within Social Work. I also felt as though there was a lot more for me to learn about disparities in education and ways that these inequalities could be addressed. Ultimately this longing for more, lead to my Ph.D search, and landed me in the Public Affairs- Social Work Track Ph.D program at UCF.
While much of my research interests revolve around addressing disparities in education, I also have a deep passion for encouraging other students, especially minority students, to pursue and advance their education. I am an avid believer that learning is a lifelong process, and that a day of not learning something new is a day wasted.
Through this blog, not only will I share information about my Ph.D journey, but I will also share tips along the way for current and aspiring doctoral students, so make sure you SUBSCRIBE. Even if you are not interested in pursuing an advanced degree, make sure to SUBSCRIBE for day to day tips that can help you remain focused, motivated, and encouraged within your journey to fulfill your passion and your God given purpose.