Jody Nelson

Jody Nelson

"My advice would be to value and guard your time, be willing to step out of the comfort zone, and don’t be afraid to communicate or reach out for help when needed."


About Me

Transcript: Meet Walden's Peer Mentor: Jody Nelson

Current Walden Program: Master of Social Work

Previous Program at Walden : BS in Human Services- Coursework Completed August 2021

Professional Goals: I am pursing an LCSW focusing on diverse communities and exploring the possibility of international social work.

Location: Arkansas

Hobbies and Interests: Fiddle/violin, guitar, knitting, weaving, Islamic geometric art, watercolors, calligraphy, embroidery, traditional archery, literature, poetry, languages, world cultures and traditions

Family and Pets: I live with my husband, three sons, two cats, and a bird.

My Academic Journey

My Academic Journey

Why did you choose Walden for your undergraduate degree?

I appreciate Walden’s commitment to social change, empowerment, and academic excellence, as well as the flexible schedule that Walden offers.

What has been your favorite class at Walden (to date) and why?

My favorite class so far has been Global Social Justice. This class was eye-opening, stimulating, and challenging. I learned to consider new perspectives and broadened my view, and I had the opportunity to take a closer look at subjects about which I am very passionate.

What have you learned about yourself so far on your academic journey?

I have learned that I am capable of more than I thought possible.

What is one fear or anxiety you had about starting school that you no longer have?

When I first started at Walden, I was terrified of communicating with professors and staff, and I had a lot of anxiety surrounding failure and not being “good enough.”

Learn more about my academic journey

6 Tips for Successfully Managing Your Time (Blog)

Allowing Our Motivations to Evolve (Blog)

Continuing Your Journey: Adjusting to Graduate-Level Expectations (Blog)

Don't be Afraid to Ask for Help! (Blog)

On Becoming Elastic: The Role of Resilience in Facing Challenges (Blog)

Video Games as Resilience Practice (Blog)

My Mentorship Experiences

My Mentorship Experiences

Who is your academic, professional, or personal mentor? Why has this person been so important to you?

My academic advisor is Kelsey Jeffers, and she has been amazing. I tend to be a rather anxious person, but Kelsey has been able to answer questions, guide, encourage, and support me along this journey. There are many things that I have done at Walden that I would not have had the courage to try had it not been for Ms. Jeffers.

Why did you want to be a peer mentor?

There were many people who were instrumental in helping me overcome my fears. My experience at Walden has been incredibly empowering, and I want to be able to support and encourage others in this same way.

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