My specialization at GSSW is the clinical High-Risk Youth track so the bulk of my classes recently have been geared towards the adolescent population (youth violence, substance abuse, juvenile justice system, etc.). Although high-risk youth is definitely my passion and main interest, I was interested in diversifying my social work education in hopes of making myself more marketable when I graduate. The open electives at GSSW really made this process easy for me. Next quarter I will be taking a class on social work with older adults and in the spring I plan to take a class on working with individuals who have terminal illnesses. By taking a variety of courses, I feel that I am keeping a multitude of career doors open for myself when I graduate. GSSW greatly encourages this and even allows you to take classes outside the social work department. For example, you can take courses in public policy, international studies, etc. I feel that it is important to get the most out of my education and therefore am eager to study a variety of topics in addition to my specialization.