Student Spotlight: Chelsea’s Story

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Chelsea is changing lives. And so can you.

On December 15, 2008, in the quiet suburban town of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, the bright future of a young man was cut tragically short. Alex Laliberte overdosed on heroin at a young age and died before anyone knew the degree of his misuse. It was this thought that drove Alex’s sister, Chelsea, to take action.

Fueled by her passion to honor Alex’s memory, Chelsea Laliberte decided to advance her understanding of substance use disorder and mental health by pursuing a graduate degree in social work. “I looked at a lot of schools,” she recalled. “I wanted a program that would allow my schedule flexibility, and I thought an online option would be a great fit. I set my sights on Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.”

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