2015 BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK GRADUATE, RSW
Ben Capili walked across the stage on April 26, 2015 to receive his Bachelor of Social Work degree (with distinction) from Booth University College, it was a moment that captured the very heart of Booth UC. The fact that he was there at all is a bit of an unlikely story considering where he was just five years ago, homeless and battling addiction. Like many before him, Ben knew he was here to serve a larger purpose. After he found the strength to overcome his addiction, he made the decision to go back to school. That decision led him directly to Booth UC.
“I was terrified of being back in a classroom, but Booth UC offered the exact kind of environment that I needed. It’s small, so I wasn’t overwhelmed and I immediately felt included. A huge lecture hall never would have worked for me. At Booth, the faculty and staff were instantly caring and generous with their time for me. I was always challenged during my four years here, but gratefully, I was also supported in some capacity along the way,”
Although his journey is not yet complete, as he has gone on to Wilfrid Laurier University to pursue his Master of Social Work degree, Ben said he leaves Booth UC inspired and equipped to use his education to help build a better world. “When you attend Booth UC, you get more than an excellent education. You get schooled in compassion and social consciousness. My education at Booth helped me understand that regardless of what career path we choose, we all have a role to play in making the world a better place. I am not just ready to do my part. I want to do my part.”