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Student Profiles: Jud on Policy Practice

Brian Jud, MSW student with a concentration in Policy Practice, finds the UConn School of Social Work is the convergence of everything he could have wanted in a master’s program

Bachelor’s Degree: University of Connecticut, Political Science & Communication Sciences, minor in Sociology

The UConn School of Social Work is close to home for me, and it is one of the few schools that offer a significant policy concentration. Also, since I received my bachelor’s degree from UConn, it presented the opportunity for me to continue my education at my alma mater. Best of all, the UConn School of Social Work has one of the best MSW programs in the country. For me, the UConn School of Social Work is the convergence of everything I could have wanted in a master’s program.

I had a great experience as a foundation year student. The variety of the required coursework helped me understand what social workers in every concentration have to deal with in their everyday work, and how it all fits together in the grand scheme of things. My professors were nothing but knowledgeable, friendly, and extremely helpful. My field placement was even more outstanding, as I was able to get great real-world experience in the field under my field instructor who was extremely helpful, and for whom I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration.

At the School, I have been involved with the Building Bridges program, in which returning students help incoming students get better acclimated with life as a UConn MSW student. Also, I involved myself in the school community in general by attending a number of events organized by various student sub-organizations, which really helped me get to know my fellow students. As a result, so many of my peers have become great friends, and will continue to be great friends into the future.

To new and prospective students, I would advise that you make friends with fellow students because they are the only people who know exactly what you’ll be going through; I don’t know what I would’ve done without their support. But, my most important advice is never to forget that the most important person in all of this is you. Take care of yourself, let yourself relax every once in a while, and don’t let yourself become so bogged down by everything that you lose sight of why you’re here in the first place.