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Student Profiles: Ruiz on Administration

Virginia Ruiz, a UConn MSW student with a concentration in Administration, chose to attend the University of Connecticut School of Social Work MSW program because of the reputation that it has as a University, and how the Social Work Program fit my needs.

Bachelor’s Degree: Springfield College, BA in Human Services

I chose to attend the University of Connecticut School of Social Work MSW program because of the reputation that it has as a University, and how the Social Work Program fit my needs. I originally chose this program about 15 years ago, but when I was not able to attend, I made a pact to myself to attend in the future. My daughter was accepted into the program as an advanced standing student and she obtained her MSW degree from the UConn School of Social Work in 2005. Knowing that she attended UConn before me I wanted to reverse the parent-child tradition of attending the same university to the child-parent tradition for my family!

I chose to attend the program on a (part-time) four year basis to allow me to balance work, family, and school. I am employed, have a close family that includes four children, 10 grandchildren, siblings, and a partner that I want to spend time with, but I still want my degree. It gets really busy balancing these aspects of my life but it is definitely gratifying!

The MSW Program prepares you very well for the helping profession. It not only gives you the historical and theoretical backgrounds of the profession, but it also gives you the opportunity to focus your education in a specific method and apply those skills to practice. There are also resources to assist you with any and all types of questions or concerns. Your faculty advisor, professors, the Student Services Office, and the Student Organization are just a few of the resources that are available to you. Please utilize them as everyone here is dedicated to assist you in your education.

While a student you also have the opportunities to become involved in other activities that allow you to gain or refine skills that you may already possess. There are opportunities to become a Student Organization leader as well as to participate in other fun events such as one of my favorites – learning how to dance Salsa during Hispanic Heritage Month.

I am involved in the school in several different capacities: serving as the Co-Chair of the Latin American Student Organization, serving as a student representative on the Educational Review Committee, and interning at the Puerto Rican and Latin@ Studies Project. Serving in these capacities, combined with my educational experience here at the School of Social Work, has given me a well-rounded perspective as I prepare to enter the profession.

I urge any new student to seek out assistance when needed and to join and participate in school activities and organizations. You will not regret it and it will unequivocally enhance your educational academic experience.