Now she’s ready to make her own change in the central Arkansas community.
Rivera plans to work as a therapist helping people with issues such as adjustment and anxiety disorders. She particularly enjoys counseling adolescents.
During her time at UA Little Rock, Rivera had a couple of internships, including most recently, working as an intern and translator at Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas.
Upon graduation, she hopes to fill a need for Spanish-speaking therapists.
“Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of bilingual professionals in the field,” Rivera said.
Looking back at her time at UA Little Rock, Rivera is glad she chose the social work path, which exposed her to plenty of people from all walks of life and involved the study of varied subjects, including psychology and human behavior.
“I absolutely loved it,” she said.
As with many graduating students, she has mixed feelings about May 13 and the end of her time as a student.
“It’s weird. It’s like I’m losing an identity here,” Rivera said. “But I’m gaining a lot.”
She knows her loved ones will want to celebrate, just as they threw a party when she became the first female member of her family to earn a bachelor’s degree.
For the family, there was never a question that Rivera would reach this goal. As Rivera said, she didn’t really have a choice.