Growing up in Brooklyn in a family of nine, Caswell Smith M’19 found inspiration in his mother’s joy in helping others—it spurred him to first study social work. A college basketball scholarship brought him to Rochester, and by 2006, he had his bachelor’s degree in social work and launched his career.
His job at an area jail paid well, but that joy in helping others wasn’t as prominent as he’d wished. So he thought about redirecting his skills.
His decision: Leave the jail and enroll in Keuka College’s Master of Social Work program.
“I found Keuka College very friendly and open,” says Caswell, who was mentored by a professor in the program. “I felt valued because of my work experience.”
Today, Caswell is a social worker with the Rochester City School District and plans to pursue his Ph.D.
“Throughout school, there were a number of adults who took the time to encourage and look out for me,” he says. “Now it’s my turn. I want to be that one person in someone’s life who makes a difference.”