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Melaney Gibbons

Rancho Cucamonga, California

Why did you choose to pursue an MSW degree?
When I was working on my Bachelors Degree, I had a professor tell me that your education is the best investment you can make in yourself. She told me that when it comes time to take out the loan, it will be scary, but to just do it because no one else will be as invested in me as I will be. I decided to take her advice and to invest in myself. An MSW degree was the only option for me because I knew that it would allow me to work with many different populations (families, couples, elderly, children etc.).


Why did you choose BYU's Social Work program?
When it came time to decide which school I wanted to attend, I decided that it would be best for me to attend BYU. I wanted to learn Social Work with a Gospel perspective. Having received all of my education in California, many of the things I had learned in my undergraduate classes were not consistent with my spiritual beliefs. I had fallen in and out of activity with church several times after feeling like I could not be a good member of the church and be a good social worker. I was so happy when I learned that BYU has an MSW program where I could learn to be both! Plus, the low cost of tuition helped make it affordable for me to go to school out of state.

Tell us about your BYU internship experience(s):
I love working with grief and loss. I am currently Interning with LDS Family Services in their Adoption Services. I get to work with couples who are grieving because of infertility, and with selfless birth parents who are grieving the loss of the child they placed. I would love to continue working with bereavement, grief and loss because I feel that this is a critical time when people make huge life changes for the better or for the worse. Sometimes the only difference between the two, is the kind of support they have to get them through their difficult time.