Laylin Chong Found A Calling in Social Work


“[I enjoy] helping someone that is struggling and that needs to get somewhere, and help them see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Laylin Chong ’12/’13 had no idea she’d find her calling in an Intro to Social Work class. But from the very beginning, this thing called ‘social work’ just felt right. “I didn’t realize it had a name, but this is exactly what I wanted.” She answered that call after earning two degrees at Wheelock, and presently serves as an outreach worker for adults struggling with mental illness. In her role, she helps clients grow and develop, and to find their independence through the learning and strengthening of key skills.

Born in Ecuador, she hopes to expand her influence there by founding an agency of her own. This goal is driven by a desire to provide much needed outreach services in a country that presently has few. But for now, she’s finding fulfillment in the chance to walk people through key milestones in their lives. “[It’s] very rewarding, to be able to be part of that walk with them and see their success stories.”