…and that “anybody” takes into account the racist, classist, colonialist, heterosexist legacies of certain strands of feminism…
cardinal-signs asked: Hey AcademicTyra! Another Smith alum here. I'm starting the process of applying to Master's in Social Work programs, but I don't know ANYONE who's applied to MSW programs. I'm having a really hard time figuring out how strong of a candidate I am and how to go about writing the personal statements. Would you guys happen to know anyone who's applied to MSW programs recently who I could get in contact with to ask advice? Thanks! Your blog is awesome, by the way. - Smithie '11
Today’s response brought to you in part by fellow Smith alum and current student at Smith School for Social Work:
For writing the personal statement:
"I would say, just like applying to any program, take a look at their mission statement and their program to get a clue for what they’re looking for (some MSW programs are very research/policy based, some are macro, some are clinical, some will give you the option to explore all of those), and then mold/present whatever experience you do have in that light. Mostly I think that they want to know a person can look at the world with a relational and critical eye…For example, if all your experience is answering phones, how did that start your interest in social justice work?"
Anyone looking into grad programs should get on their undergrad school’s alum listservs, join groups on LinkedIn, put requests for info out on Facebook, etc. In general, don’t be afraid to call/email randos and ask for informational interviews! That said, most schools have a way of continuing to work with alums. Smith in particular has the School of Social Work, “and as a Smith alum they could arrange an informational meeting with someone from SSW.” Even if that’s not the (grad) school for you, it is a useful place to get started. Hit up that network!
If you want to get in touch with alums directly, send us a message with your email and we’ll pass it on to some fellow Smithie social workers. They didn’t necessarily volunteer this service, so no promises, but we’re happy to try!
Good luck! We <3 Smithie social workers!! xoxo
Is it too self-indulgent?
Too bland and generic?
Finally settling on the perfect pop culture reference with wording that is just the right balance of brilliantly intellectual and clearly descriptive…
…and then questioning it two minutes later…
…before deciding it’s close enough.
Today’s Throwback Thursday brought to you with a weather update - it’s cold in NYC! Beginning to prep my unflattering but warm outfits.