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  1. The wonderful thing about MSW programs is that they tend to attract a gamut of ages from just recent undergraduates in their early 20s to mothers (and fathers) in their 40s. As for 3 vs 2 yr degrees it doesn't matter: what matters if the program is CSWE accredited and if the same support in finding internships to the full-time students is offered to the part-time. The main difference is that instead of completely all your classes in the first year they'll be spread out, taking two every semester (or however it breaks down). I'd suggest contacting the program you're eyeing and asking if you can get in touch with any past or current students that were in the 3 year option for their experience.
  2. OT (so I apologize for thread jacking): Yea, experienced the extreme cold (today was beautiful compared to Wednesday and Thursday). Hyde Park, eh? I have close family friends in Hyde Park and a godmother in Bridgeport. Chatham's a nice SS neighborhood; I'm actually considering buying a bungalow house there.
  3. Another Chicagoan. What neighborhood/side if you don't mind me asking? I was born on the SS, then moved to the North Side, then back to SS (SW specifically).
  4. Yes and no. Pros: All but two of my professors have real world experience in my field. The best one has been a law professor. All of my professors have been somewhat likeable. Most of my classmates have been nice, not to mention unintentionally funny when speaking about the horrid practices they've faced when working. I've gained something from all of my classes that I can use once in the field. Knowing you'll graduate from a respective program let alone university. The great college athletics and university vibe. Cons: There's cognitive dissonance at times, as if my professors live in a bubble. I can expand on this but not here. PM if you want to learn more. In all but one class so far the professor has said something highly questionable on sensitive/controversial topics. One time it took me 30 seconds to come with information that successfully countered a statement my professor said (just brute facts I came up with); another time when I brought up counterpoints for a controversial topic the same professor basically went all "Well it's all still up in the air! Oh, look at the time! Class dismissed!" Classroom discussions. If you rock the boat you'll be "that person." A couple of professors just don't respond to emails. Some of my classmates aren't welcoming -- at all. For example there are those that will avoid you because they perceive you as inferior in terms of work experience. This avoidance spreads to group discussions and peer assessments. Emails from the president and chancellor emphasizing inclusiveness and the strength of diversity. I hope they're getting paid by the letter. The debt.
  5. Where did you get those tuition prices? I attend one of the schools listed and I'm paying 10K more than what's listed.
  6. I think it's better to help them understand the value that your degree might possibly bring to the world and your goals than fall on passive-aggressive actions demeaning their day job (oh noes you work corporate how soul crushing!).
  7. I don't. I just say I'm thinking of obtaining a doctorate to become a professor. Those that ask, non doctorate or advanced degree holders, don't necessarily respond in a negative or condescending way. They usually respond "Oh, that's cool." I have a few PhD holders on my father's side and a family friend is currently pursuing a doctorate in chemistry. Pursuing doctorates may sound like the norm in my family but it's not. It helps that my family sees higher education as something to invest in, so anything beyond a bachelor's degree is seen as fine as long as it serves a purpose for a career goal, and so far every advanced degree sought out in my family was for career advancement.
  8. Keep in mind that you're paying for two degrees if you do this, so twice as much debt with the hopes of more skills upon graduation. Besides the MSW/MBA, the MSW/JD route is the one that'll sink anyone into a deep ocean of red. If you can find a university where both degrees are at a relatively cheap price, can be taken jointly. even better if the MBA program has some prestige behind it, the better. I'm not in a joint program, but I might seek out an MBA where I'm getting my MSW because it's offered at such a low price point, granted the program is all online but the online portion has the fortune to carry the prestige of the brick & mortar program it falls under.
  9. I don't know about about the rigorous research experience part - I know several who went from a BA to an MA to a Phd without any grand research experience for anthro. For non-profit management, work experience is probably more coveted than research. What I get is that professors want to know you have the potential/ability to do research. I think the real issue is finding programs & professors that suit one's research interests. And funding + stipend.
  10. @TheCrow : Can you do a Pros & Cons about your program besides the 30+ student "seminars"? If I decide to pursue a doctorate I believe I'll be doing this, but after I gain my independent license. As I review the academic literature in social work I feel my research interests would be better served in looking at other disciplines like human development, education or even social psychology. Though anecdotal, I was reading a bio of one social work doctoral student and I kept wondering why she didn't pursue a doctorate in sociology given her research interests.
  11. Girl I liked in high school went to my undergraduate school. Before I learned this I said to myself, "Damn, that would be weird if she went here." She did. Girl I like in my hometown is attending the same university I attend for grad school. Before I learned this I said to myself, "Damn, we have a lot of things in common." Now we have too much in common. What does this mean? EDIT: Also, this semester totally sucks.
  12. UrbanMidwest

    HGSE 2017

    @cavenue said, "Steve Bannon has a degree from HBS. Let me just leave it at that." You're right, Bannon does have a degree from HBS - an MBA, specifically. And you don't. He apparently graduated with honors as well. Let me just leave it at that.
  13. Just focusing on you post what are these "unearned advantages"? What exactly were you taught in these women's studies classes?
  14. Hi. You've been through some tough times - good for you for your perseverance. As for admissions, depending on what programs you apply to I wouldn't worry much. Your internships, upward trajectory of your GPA (most programs want a 3.0 or higher), and your extracurricular activities should make a program want you. Red Cross, career counseling, internships ... all look and sound great. Just polish your personal statements and I think you'll be set. This is an MSW; applying is not nearly the same amount of stress as wanting to get into a top tier MBA, law or PhD program. I will bet some money that the admissions committee won't be splitting hairs. Just relax, be confident in what you have already. You'll be fine.
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