The UConn School of Social Work offers many opportunities to attend events and participate in organizations that expand the culture of all that social work has to offer in the local area, the nation, and the world.
Bachelor’s Degree: Charter Oak State College, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership
Deciding to attend the UConn School of Social Work was not something I ever thought would happen. Throughout my professional career, I was involved in management positions. I succeeded at these positions. Therefore, I decided to finish my Bachelor’s degree in a concentration related to my job experience. Through all the years working in management, I volunteered and obtained some contracts working with human services agencies and schools. The rewarding experiences I attained from the human services field transformed my way of thinking and attracted me to the field of social work. As I was working on finishing my undergraduate degree, I did a lot of research on the roles of social workers in different settings and became more intrigued. When I decided I was definitely going to pursue my Master’s degree in social work, I compared social work programs in Connecticut and the surrounding states. I attended several open houses from different programs and the UConn School of Social Work won me over. For me, it was less traveling time, lower tuition, the method-based curriculum, the recommendations from friends and colleagues, and the school’s reputation that helped me make the decision to apply.
While at the school, I have been impressed at not being disappointed with the expectation I had as a new student. The professors are very knowledgeable and they are always willing to help students in grasping a full understanding of the curriculum. The advisor that was assigned to me gave me great insight of how I should approach classes each semester according to my life schedule. She was supportive in giving me feedback in my approach to field placement which is a big component of the learning in the program. My field placement this past year was in a school setting. The field supervisor I had gave me an abundance of knowledge through feedback during supervision and also encouraged me to gain clinical experience. This coming year I will be placed in a clinical setting working with clients receiving in-patient and out-patient services.
The UConn School of Social Work offers many opportunities to attend events and participate in organizations that expand the culture of all that social work has to offer in the local area, the nation, and the world. Busy lives sometimes do not allow us to get involved in everything, but I have gained great awareness from the events I have attended at the school and highly recommend everyone to become involved.
My advice to new and prospective students is to embrace the challenges that the professors, advisors, and field supervisors will set for them. There is much to learn from all of them as the profession is evolving every year. I encourage you to ask questions, and ask for help from professors, staff, and students whenever there is a lack of understanding or whether you are overwhelmed due to school work. Juggling life while going to school can be hard, but the great thing about the UConn School of Social Work is that everyone is willing to help so just ask.