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  1. I was accepted via email yesterday to the full-time, on-campus program! Don't lose hope, you guys!
  2. Got the letter of rejection today. At least I don't have to worry about taking prerequisites anymore!
  3. Waiting on this school and SJSU. I want to stay in the Bay Area, but this is excruciating
  4. Waitlisted at SJSU today as well. They would not tell me what position I'm in. All this waiting feels worse that being rejected since there is no way to plan my life with this uncertainty.
  5. Just curious, why SDSU over SJSU?
  6. Hey all! Glad I finally found a thread discussing SJSU. This wait is anxiety-provoking. I really hope to hear back soon since SJSU is a top choice and I need to respond to other schools. To clarify, I came across the same comment as AutumnSweater regarding SJSU interviews. It was referring to SJSU's interviews for Title IV, not for admission.
  7. Congrats! I got into the 3-year track as well! Will you be accepting?
  8. I would like to invite anyone who has attended or is currently in a Cal State MSW program to please share your thoughts and experience on the program. As an applicant, I felt there wasn't enough information out there to make a decision on which schools would be a good fit for me. Some examples of questions I haven't found many answers to: What kind of social work interests you? Did/do you enjoy your overall program experience? What was faculty/staff like? What was the internship process and experience like? Is self-care emphasized in the program? Did/do you feel prepared going into the field? Thanks for sharing!
  9. Has anyone heard from SJSU or CSUEB? I was accepted to SDSU's 3-year program and have to put a deposit down by April 15th to save my spot. Really hoping to hear back soon so I can decide.
  10. No need to be nervous. I think your experience is exactly what schools are looking for! As for asking for letters of rec, it's an uncomfortable process no matter what. The upside is you have nothing to lose if they say no. Just move on and find someone that will say yes! Just make sure you ask for letters early so you have time to ask others if need be.
  11. SJSU, SFSU, CSUEB, SDSU, possibly CSUMB I have no idea what my chances are of getting into a program since I have been out of school for six years now and was never employed in any social work related positions or agencies. Last year, I decided to change my career path and work toward something meaningful. I have been volunteering non-stop ever since trying to build my application for MSW programs. Now I'm struggling to write my personal statement. Ahhh!!
  12. Hi! I just started practicing. This took roughly 35 minutes so I'm hoping to get it down to 30 soon. Any feedback is much appreciated! Here is my practice argument essay from today: In an attempt to improve highway safety, Prunty County last year lowered its speed limit from 55 to 45 miles per hour on all county highways. But this effort has failed: the number of accidents has not decreased, and, based on reports by the highway patrol, many drivers are exceeding the speed limit. Prunty County should instead undertake the same kind of road improvement project that Butler County completed five years ago: increasing lane widths, resurfacing rough highways, and improving visibility at dangerous intersections. Today, major Butler County roads still have a 55 mph speed limit, yet there were 25 percent fewer reported accidents in Butler County this past year than there were five years ago. Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument. The argument above discusses how Prunty County’s attempt to improve highway safety failed. It attempts to compare the efforts of Prunty County with Butler County in order to show reasoning for contrasting results. However, the argument is flawed as it makes numerous assumptions without solid evidence to support its claims. In the first two sentences, the writer claims that Prunty County lowered the speed limit but this failed to decrease the number of accidents. To support this claim, we learn that highway patrol reports that drivers are exceeding the speed limit. The assumption being made is that speedy drivers increase accidents. However, this is a weak connection as many factors can contribute to accidents, such as weather and road conditions. In order to improve this claim, stronger evidence is needed to support why speedy drivers are solely responsible for the increase of accidents. Another large assumption made in the author’s argument is that Prunty County and Butler County are comparable. No details regarding similarities in types of roads, drivers, or traffic flow are provided for either county. The author assumes the reader is familiar with these two places. It would be helpful to the argument if the author described why Prunty and Butler are similar case studies. Lastly, the author assumes Butler’s decrease in accidents is a result of changes made five years ago. A lot can happen in five years. Many factors could have contributed to the decreased number of accidents between now and five years ago. The improvements made initially may not be the main reasons for a decrease in accidents. Perhaps the population of drivers changed in Butler County so there are fewer drivers on the road. All things change with time. The author’s attempt to argue that accidents will decrease in Prunty County if the same improvements are made as Butler County are too weak and vague. Many assumptions are made to compare the two without revealing why they are comparable to begin with. More detail and stronger connecting evidence are needed to improve the argument.
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