Name: Tiago Antonio
Major: Master’s in Social Work – Administration/Community
Student Organization Affiliation: Latino Student Social Work Association
Graduation Year: 2016
What made you decide to enroll in the School of Social Work at SDSU?
My choice to enroll in the School of Social Work at SDSU was twofold. First, the faculty in the School of Social Work are experts in their field of study and they provide students with engaging and thought provoking course materials that require critical thought about the current social issues in our society. Second, the course sequence offered in the direct practice and the administration/community development concentrations provide students with an outstanding foundation in social work, and prepare students well for the job market.
What have been your most memorable experience in the School?
I had so many great experiences in this program that is hard to pinpoint one particular one. If I really had to choose one I would say that it was one of the field trips we had almost two years ago, in which we visited different human service agencies in Tijuana, Mexico. In that field trip, we visited a non-profit foster home that provides a wide range of services to low-income families in the bi-national region of San Diego-Tijuana. I instantly fell in love with that agency and their work, and ever since then I have been working them in some capacity.
What are your plans after graduation?
Right after graduation, I plan to obtain a job that would allow me to work in some capacity with the migrant and refugee communities in San Diego County. Within the next five years, I plan to attain a management position at a non-profit organization that focuses on helping immigrants and refugees build a healthy and thriving community.
What are some of your favorite aspects of the program?
The faculty and their support! The faculty encourages students to critically think about current social issues, and they support students’ attempts to address these issues. Additionally, the faculty are extremely open to talking to students and helping them with their personal challenges in the program. There is simply no way I could have made this far without the support from my professors.
Describe why you would recommend SDSU to potential students.
I would recommend SDSU to potential students because of the diverse faculty and student body in each college. This diversity means that students are exposed to different perspectives on the same social issues, which when combined they paint a clearer picture of the social issue at hand.
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