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  • Application Season
    2017 Fall
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    Social work MSW

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  1. Thank you for the response. I am torn... on one hand, I love Portland and my friends up here/ boyfriend but working while going to school sounds daunting. It's a commitment, i would hate to end up needing to only work part time due to school workload, while having the same amount of bills and struggle to make ends meet. With my parents, I would have the safety of no rent and food expense would be minimal. Only expenses would be gas and a few bills. Could work part time without having that stress of needing to keep a job to pay my rent etc. But the cons with California are that I don't know anyone down there and I'm more of an introvert so I'm worried I would have a hard time making friends. I know it takes time, I could join a yoga class or meet people at school, but it sounds potentially lonely. So I'm not sure, I am applying to both and just seeing where I get in. But if I get into both, it would come down to this tough decision...
  2. I live in Portland, OR, have worked at a community mental health agency for about two years now, and love it. I want to return to get my MSW and eventually become a LCSW. I grew up in Portland but my parents just moved to Oceanside, CA. I am 25. As I see it, I have two options: 1. Stay in Portland, work full time (at least attempt to) at my current job while doing the PSU program. Pros Already have built some connections in hospitals from current job, will make it easier for my internship I can work at my job after my MSW with guaranteed supervision to get to my LCSW Have a couple local friends Cons Paying for rent while going to school and working...sounds like a lot of debt uncertainty around field placement too. PSU would require me to work in a different area of the agency for my field placement and that could mean less pay while I still need to make same $$ for rent. distance from family and commitment to at least 3 years of stay (until licensed) weather is bad typically 2. Move to Oceanside, live with parents, go to SDSU Pros Free rent and food Beach Opportunity to get out of my niche Cons unfamiliar area- meeting new people can be hard at first California cost of living Unsure how difficult it would be to get internship at a clinic with high # of client hours in Southern California cost- out of state tuition is $372 per unit, SDSU site says its $6,696 for 2 semesters. I'm confused as to if there's 9 units or more per term because there's 5 classes the first term. While I must make the decision, I am hoping to get some feedback from others- have you heard good/bad things about either school? Cities? Cost of living? Has anyone done PSU program while working full time? Can you be paid for your field placement? For SDSU, how many units are in a term? Accoeding to to my math, PSU and SDSU are adding up to be about to same cost- PSU is about 6k less for the 2 years but favoring in paying for my rent and bills, it evens out. I'm not sure if I'm doing the math correctly because it's surprising that in state tuition is close to out of state for SDSU. Any input is appreciated, thank you!
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