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August 15, 2011 was my first day with the Admission office at the Graduate School of Social Work. I came in to my office mate, and an office door (a first in my career).
Four years later I leave DU, GSSW and my time in Craig Hall with celebration, memories, and lifetime colleagues. Today, October 21, 2015 I end my amazing time at GSSW with a smile.
Four years changes a person for the better and GSSW has changed me for the better.
I wish all my MSW, PhD, and all other degree holding colleagues only the best with the remainder of the school year.
It never rains in Colorado especially in October and it did today. Let this important part of life, and of the water cycle reminder us that things change, colleagues move on, but the relationships that are built remain. Thank you to all for making my time at GSSW so wonderful.
As the great half human says a lot in Star Trek
Life Long and Prosper,
GSSW Admission Assistant
Graduation brings a mixture of grief and excitement. Grief, due to the melancholy realization that the MSW journey has come to an end; being a student is wonderful in so many ways. And excitement, for the next step and for honoring all this hard work(!)
For my last blog, I’d like to share with anyone who may read, things I wished I had done differently and those that went just fine:
I wish I would have…
took the first year (and second, for that matter) internship search process waay slower. While I think any internship can be a learning experience, I wish I would have explored a wider range of options, especially since I’m one of those ambivalent community/clinical students
been way more involved at GSSW!!! I tried to get involved in clubs/student orgs my second year but really wish I would have hit the ground running from the onset. Let’s just say your GSSW classmates accomplish some amaaazing things.
entered a race or some sort of sports league. intramural leagues are available through the Ritchie center but I never jumped on it. Keeping a regimented and sane exercise routine proved difficult to say the least.
taken classes in different concentrations. I chose OLPP, which was fabulous. However, the one clinical class I took was very enriching and I wish I would have branched out more from the onset…there’s that ambivalence again!
I’m patting myself on the back for…
doing the Certificate for Social Work with Latinos/as. Not only did this program help me explore my own mixed race identity and what that means for my social work practice, I got to truly get to know 10 amazing people. Developing relationships aside, the type of teaching within the certificate really allowed me to be vulnerable, take risks, and grow as a result.
figuring out my work-school-social-home life balance. Having work-study and a part-time job almost seemed like too much at first, but it ultimately worked and the extra dollars cut down on the stress of making ends meet.
moving to the mountains! It seemed way to far away but i absolutely love it out here and the drive is totally worth it.
pushing myself to learn. In my opinion, regardless of the instructor, you get what you put into any class. Admittedly challenging at times, I’m glad I tried my darndest to do the readings, be present in class discussion, and put effort into assignments. As a result, I feel changed for the better and grateful for the opportunity to learn and develop as a person, and as a social worker.