Field fair

Yesterday all first year students had the opportunity to meet representatives from over 140 second year internship sites at an event known as field fair. Essentially this event allows you get a better idea if an agency may be a good match for you by asking questions, meeting with potential supervisors, and dropping off your resume. If it goes well, you can move forward and set up an interview. For me, in addition to seeking a  placement that offers a great clinical education is certainly important, but finding a good dynamic fit is equally, if not more important. From my experiences, the atmosphere of where you work is essential to creating to good experience, so I hope to interview with several agencies and “listen to my gut.”

The Poetry of a 24 hour News Cycle: Where everything is equal

Newsertainment or the mingling of news with entertainment mitigates the seriousness of issues. Neil Postman’s “Amusing Ourselves to Death” spoke of the dangers of an entertainment obsessed culture.

Taken from headlines of yahoo news on March 20, 2011

Prince William wows crowds in disaster-hit Australia

Gadhafi vows ‘long war’ after US, allies strike

Domain ‘.xxx’ approved for Web porn sites

San Francisco tries get tough approach with homeless

New York Times’ website moving from free to fees

Gottfried, ex-Aflac voice, apologizes for tweets

The Search Is On

1st year students have begun the process of looking for their second year internship placements.  Last night GSSW hosted their annual Field Fair, an event that brings internship hosts and students together.  The fair allows students to meet and ask questions about field placements, get a feel for supervisors, and make an initial impression on the supervisors.

The event can be a bit overwhelming as there are a few hundred people in the room but it is a GREAT way to mark people off of your list if you learn information that deters you but it’s, more importantly, a great way to solidify what you want to do and where you want to intern next year.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be making initial contacts (again) and scheduling interviews with internship hosts.  Ideally, we’ll have and know our placements by the end of this quarter.  Although it will be a stressful few weeks, the pay off will be worth it!

Earth Week at GSSW

In just a few short weeks, ECO Conscious, the new student organization at GSSW, will be hosting some important events during Earth Week! ECO’s mission: “to promote conservation and environmental justice within the social work profession and to demonstrate such principals in the classroom and community.” FLOW, For Love of Water, a documentary about the world water crisis, will be presented for several GSSW classes and will offer the opportunity for dialogue about social work’s role in the environmental crisis. On Saturday, April 23, members of GSSW will also have the opportunity to participate in the S. Platte River Clean-Up with other local organizations. In an effort to generate dialogue and action in the social work community around environmental issues, Earth Week will be a great way for the social work community’s involvement in global and local issues.

 

 

Pet-Friendly Denver

I have often heard many of you prospective and admitted students ask questions regarding the “dog-friendliness” of Denver.  I am here to tell you not to worry one bit–there are plenty of pet friendly housing options as well as countless outdoorsy activities to do with your pooch.

Finding pet friendly housing:

  • Use Craigslist!  (Or some other online apartment search website such as Rent.com or Apartmentratings.com).  Just remember to filter your options by clicking “pet friendly” or “allows pets.”
  • Expect to pay both a non-refundable pet fee and a refundable pet deposit when moving in.
  • Also expect to pay a minimal monthly pet rent (somewhere between $15 and $30 per animal depending on the apartment or house).

Fun activities to do with your dog:

  • Click here for a list of city-approved off leash dog parks.  Just be careful because a few of these parks are NOT fenced in–they have “natural boundaries” (AKA: small ditches, bushes, or trees), which means absolutely nothing to my little escape artist pup.
  • Cherry Creek State Park also has an off-leash dog area that has GREAT walking trails so you can get exercise while letting your dog run free in the outdoors.  I would recommend buying an annual park pass, which is fairly inexpensive, if you plan to go here often because paying for parking every time can be costly.  Click here to check it out.
  • If you are unable to spend enough time with your dog, there are also some “doggy day-care” options throughout Denver.  I have not used any of them, but I have heard great things about Camp Bow Wow.

Before making the move to Denver, I also recommend checking out the city’s website on animal and pet policies.  They have all sorts of information here including things about licensing/registering your pet, required vaccinations, and links to Denver’s animal shelters.

So, there’s no need to worry about moving to Denver if you have (or want to get) a pet!  It’s a great place to enjoy the outdoors with your furry companion!

Me and Petey after moving into our new Denver apartment.

Transitioning from Classroom to Practice

Spring Quarter of your concentration year brings some interesting challenges, what will I do after graduation?!?! However, for some students like myself, you will get hired by your internship placement before graduation. That challenge: How do you balance trying to finish your coursework while making great first impressions and learning your new job? I tried to strategically plan this by taking extra courses in previous courses so that I can be one course lighter this quarter. Also, I am able to role my field hours into my work hours so I don’t need to be working 64 hours a week! Let me tell you that I do feel very overwhelmed by this idea, but I feel confident in my ability to time manage and that my supervisor understands that I do need to be in class 6 hours a week and we schedule my hours around that. It will be a rough 8 weeks, but the peace of mind of be employed is worth dealing with a little bit more than I would like on my plate.

With transitioning from the classroom to practicing in the field I am eager to utilize all that I have learned in the classroom and through field experiences. I am also ready to learn how I can best effect clients and families.

Girl Scouts of Colorado – Earth Hour

Hi all!

This weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a unique activity with my internship. I intern with Girl Scouts of Colorado. Since Denver is the capitol of Colorado our local Girl Scouts have the opportunity to participate in numerous events that involve our political atmosphere. Last Saturday they participated in “Earth Hour.”

Xcel Energy sponsored our event and offered each Girl Scouting family to bring in their old incandescent light bulbs to trade out for Compact Fluorescent Bulbs that use less energy and create less waste. Also at the event our local Council staff (myself included) hosted a table where the girls could fold paper cranes to send to Japan in support of the recent tsunami and earthquake that happened March 11th. Each girl was able to make a few cranes to send off and then also received a instruction sheet  for how to make more if they choose to.

It was powerful to be a part of this event – mostly because I got to witness young girls being involved in important issues like energy conservation and international support efforts. If young people make a habit of things like this early on, they are more likely to continue doing it in their future. Yay for empowering young girls!!

Here are some pictures from the event:

Happy Trails!

Cori