Do you work in lobbying or represent under-represented, foster-care, or high-poverty populations? Current senior Evelyn Cobb dreams of working in small, rural communities like Farmville, Virginia, and advocating for populations of people who don’t typically have representation. She would love your advice about the best companies, firms, or organizations to work for, and any other insights that you might want to offer her.

Evelyn is a social work major in her final year at Longwood. Her dream job is to work in a lobbying role where she serves and advocates for small, rural communities in the area of foster-care, poverty, and multiculturalism. Evelyn is deeply passionate about serving others, and with her perspective and positive attitude, Evelyn is sure to accomplish any role she sets her sights on.

When Evelyn first toured Longwood, she wasn’t sure it was the best fit, but after enrolling and moving in her freshman year, she knew she had made the right choice. She affirmed, “when I got here, I liked all of the opportunities that Longwood gave me.” And on that list of opportunities: an internship she loves, leadership experiences in an array of organizations, a tight-knit community of supporters, and guidance and mentorships from faculty and staff from multiple departments.

Working every day in the service of others is no easy task, and Evelyn knows that, but she is excited for the future. Her family is her inspiration to become an advocate; “Growing up, I wasn’t raised in perfect circumstances… I was raised by a single mother and she has to work twice as hard” Evelyn explained. She continued “I was raised to love and respect different people and different communities because so many people have helped me become who I am, and they all contribute to the larger good, and that’s why I wanted to study social work and go into the advocacy field.”


“I was raised to love and respect different people and different communities because so many people have helped me become who I am, and they all contribute to the larger good, and that’s why I wanted to study social work and go into the advocacy field."

Evelyn Cobb ‘20

In addition to her coursework, Evelyn is also heavily involved in a handful of organizations. She is the President of her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Co-Chair of the Student Diversity and Inclusion Council, a member of the Honor and Conduct Board, and serves as Secretary for RCL Mentors. And if that wasn’t enough, she also works for the Office of Residential and Commuter Life as a Desk Supervisor in the Longwood Village. Needless to say, Evelyn’s schedule is full to the brim.

If Evelyn could thank one person from her time at Longwood, she would thank Amber Litchford, Program Specialist with the Office of Alumni and Career Services, “because while I met her through our sorority, Amber is so much more than my sister… she gives me guidance and she empowers me to be myself and to be confident in everything I do” Evelyn confirmed. And what is Evelyn’s favorite class you’re wondering? It would be SOCL102: Introduction to Sociology with Dr. Lee Bidwell, which she took her freshman year. She explained “coming from high school, I was a bit narrow-minded, and the course allowed us to explore how people interact with others and with society. It was a great mind- and eye-opener as to what I would experience during and after college.”

It is her family and her desire to provide them with the life she wants, that keeps Evelyn moving forward to each finish line she crosses, whether that be graduation, that first job, or something beyond. When asked what drives her, Evelyn smiled and said “my will to help others” and it is that kind of selflessness that makes her so perfect for advocacy work. Success for Evelyn is so much bigger than herself; she explained “having grown from where I was yesterday is success. Everyday is a success whether it be winning an award, making someone’s day, or just waking up, success is about altering and making better my life and someone else’s life in the process of living.

Consider connecting with Evelyn on LinkedIn and share your advice and any job opportunities that could be available to him after graduation.

 

About the Author

Dustyn Hall ‘18

Dustyn Hall '18 is the Director of Young Alumni & Student Giving in the Office of Institutional Advancement, and has served in that role since July 2019. Before his current service at Longwood began, Dustyn worked for Phi Mu Delta National Fraternity & Educational Foundation as the Director of Advancement, where he oversaw the development, communications, and alumni engagement sectors of their operations.

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