South Jordan, UT
Why did you choose to pursue an MSW degree?
I chose to pursue an MSW degree after working in two different residential treatment centers, for a total of four years, and getting to know the many different therapists with many different degrees. I found that those with MSW degrees were able to do the same work as those with MFT degrees and LPCs. But the great part was they were also able to do so much more than those who had the previous mentioned degrees.
Why did you choose BYU's Social Work program?
I applied to seven graduate programs around the country and was accepted by the majority of them, but I felt that BYU was the right fit after a great deal of research (finding out how they support their students through paid internships, have smaller classes and cohorts than other programs, and had the lowest tuition costs of the schools I applied to). Then of course it came to prayer, and I have felt this has been the right program ever since.
What are your career goals?
I hope to work with adolescents who are struggling with substance abuse as well as the many other problems teens face today. I plan to work in both residential facilities as well as wilderness programs. And one day I plan to open my own program for youth.
Tell us about your BYU internship experience(s)
First off, BYU's MSW program does a great job at making sure each one of their students is placed in a paid internship for a full year (total of two different internships). Go find another program that does that for you. It has been awesome to be able to feel confident that they will take care of me, and provide a way to learn while making money. I recently started my first internship this Spring/Summer Semester at the Utah State Prison. I can promise no other internship is like the one when you are inside the prison. This is not to say that it is better than any of the other great internships out there, but when it comes to dealing with crisis situations, this training is in my mind the best one I could get. The hands on experience will stick as will the many crazy stories that I get to hear on a daily basis.