peetabread Posted October 2, 2012 Share Posted October 2, 2012 Hey everyone! I know this is technically the wrong forum--I'm not going for an MSW. I have decided to apply for a BSW...but there is no forum for BSW applicants. So, unfortunately, I did poorly in my undergrad degree--I got about a 2.9/4.0 gpa which was in English, back in 2008. Which sucks. I am aware. I was immature, lazy, distracted, but most of all uninterested in the subject. I have since re-evaluated and decided that social work is the career for me. I have spent the last few years both volunteering as an ESL teacher in SE Asia and Eastern Europe, and I currently have a paid position as a teacher's assistant here in Canada. 1. Does this kind of experience count as social service..so many schools want to see this experience. I realize I am not working in a group home or something like a lot of applicants, but the countries I worked in are poor/developing and one of the schools I am applying to has an international social work program. I really learned so much and saw so much poverty and I want to do something about it. 2. Crappy GPA--I took the required SW courses and did really well in them, I am also planning on taking women's studies courses to raise my GPA even more--good plan, or save my money? I think I barely have a "competitive" GPA as it stands. How much do you think GPA matters? If anyone is feeling REALLY helpful--can you give me some ideas of how I can translate my seeing child prostitutes, child beggars, terrible pensions plans abroad a to wanting to apply to be a social worker? I do not want to say something like "I want to save the world" because that's really not what social work is about, nor do I want to come off as the foreigner who tries to save a different country--but it is how I felt when I saw these things. But I am really at a loss of how to explain this so it doesn't sound all hippy dippy optimistic. Thank you to anyone who responds!! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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