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  1. Hi all. A bit of a backstory before I ask my question... I received my MSW in May 14 and was offered a F/T job since before graduation and have been at it ever since. I have had a lot of emotions throughout the year -- I have had a few clients pass away (one of which I found), a client who sent me pictures of his private parts, sexually voyeuristic clients, and much more. It's been a rollercoaster with very little agency support. I am pretty close to completely my LCSW hours and will be able to sit for my exam in not too long. I've been thinking about options and have considered getting a 2
  2. I got accepted and a wonderful financial aid package but opted to not go. The program is excellent but after careful consideration I couldn't see myself living in Buffalo long term. I figured I'd have to move upon graduating and I did not want to put myself through that.
  3. I attended their MSW program and graduated last year (May 14). I was very pleased with their program and had relocated to Chicago for it. I had secured my internship prior to even arriving in Chicago. All communication was clear and I received an ample scholarship. The social work program is close to Michigan Ave, not in Rogers Park like the main campus.
  4. I am doing this. I graduated with my MSW in May 2014 and started working before graduation. I utilize both IBR & PSLF. Honestly, it was a breeze to apply for. Submitted one document if I recall correctly and done.
  5. A lot of my peers in the ASU program have complained that their internship placement has been difficult for a variety of reasons from lack of options to lack of follow through. What I meant by that statement was to be sure to follow through and keep on top of ASU.
  6. I graduated from ASU (BSW) and have several friends that are in, or have completed, the ASU MSW program. I went to another school for my MSW, but if you have any questions about ASU and/or Phoenix, let me know. The best advice I have is to be sure to be on top of your internship placement.
  7. I graduated this May from Loyola Chicago and was happy with my program overall and it was a good fit for me. There are a lot of MSW programs in Chicago, but felt I got the attention I needed and was heard out. I also had a remarkable internship. I received a good amount of aid and the program had a good start time (July) for me since I was moving cross country to attend. With the aid, I did not have to take out grad plus loans which was a perk. After attending Fordham for a year as an undergrad, I felt the Jesuit education emphasized things that were important to me that I did not receive in
  8. First and foremost, relax. I was a macro student. I did not have a macro focused internship entirely. I graduated in May 2014. With that said, I networked like crazy. I constantly updated my resume and I took it to career services for look overs a few times. I also updated my LinkedIn. I asked for everyone's business card and wrote on the back of it how I met them. I then added them on LinkedIn and added into the message invitation how I met them. I started sending out my resume in January, sounds crazy right? But it got my name out there. I made an Excel sheet with the jobs I applied to an
  9. I don't have too much advice. I just graduated with my MSW in Chicago. Some of my peers in my program did their advance standing program part-time, so I'm not sure if you have considered that. It allowed many of them to work more and stress less about finances. I can only speak for Chicago, but many BSW jobs start about $30-$32k and many require a car, which in Chicago, is expensive (between the city sticker, zone fees, and gas at about $4.50), so that is something to factor in if that's an issue for you. I know UofC has a weird start date--not summer.
  10. I'm in Chicago and, while I didn't go to UIC, I just graduated with my MSW. Good luck and don't be afraid to reach out if you want a local contact.
  11. I don't have much to add, honestly. I will say though, I just graduated with my MSW. I got my first job and have to transport clients as well. If you transport clients, make sure your auto insurance covers it--please. It is considered business use and many insurance companies do not cover this use under personal insurance policies. My agency provides auto insurance for us. This is your career choice. I won't tell you what to do with your life. But I will tell you clients are not dumb. They will sense any, and all, bias and/or fear--do not doubt this. As a result, this could impact your relat
  12. Thanks for the link, I signed too. Currently, 33,000 more signatures are needed.
  13. I think everyone's situation is different and managing debt capped at one year income as a social worker isn't always feasible. When I started my education, I wanted to be a lawyer--and my parents refused to sign the FAFSA, so I had to wait until I was 22 to start. Needless to say, 1 year of school on a lawyer track was about $35k alone. I left school after that for awhile and when I returned, I was on the social work track. Without a supportive family, working full-time to pay my living expenses isn't exactly feasible for me (for some yes, not for me for various reasons). I chose a graduate s
  14. My undergrad was at the statewide homeless advocacy org and currently it's at an LGBTQ org where I work in micro/mezzo/macro arenas daily. As far as courses, it's mostly nonprofit management courses and the like and one helleva research class.
  15. I attend Loyola. It wasn't my top choice for academics, UW Seattle was (I got in and did not accept) I chose Loyola because; -- I knew I'd be moving at least 1,500 miles and did not want to get the keys to my apartment and start class the next day if you know what I mean. I wanted time to settle into my new city, learn the ropes, and start classes. Loyola's advanced standing started in July. -- I did not want to drive, so public transit is a must. This is Chicago, piece of cake. -- I wanted diversity. Many of the other universities I applied to was largely a Caucasian population and I wanted
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