Name: Briana Barajas
Major: Social Work, Direct-Practice Concentration
Graduation Year: 2017
What made you decide to enroll in the School of Social Work at SDSU?
I have always had a passion for helping and advocating for others, so my path into social work was sort of a natural transition from my background in psychology. There were several factors that led to my decision to enroll in the program at SDSU. First of all, SDSU Imperial Valley Campus is my alma mater; I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology in Spring of 2014. Secondly, the MSW program came highly recommended from several faculty members. Finally, and most importantly, pursuing my MSW was something I wanted to do for myself so I could give back to and impact my community.
What have been your most memorable experiences in the School?
I have really enjoyed the field practicum aspect of my education with the School of Social Work. I have done my first year of practicum at AccentCare Hospice and have had an unmatched and very memorable experience. I have had the distinct privilege of learning from great teachers at the agency, some of whom work in disciplines other than social work but who have nonetheless taught me a great deal about patient and family-centered care. I am truly grateful for the team at AccentCare taking me under their wing and giving me an opportunity to learn from their awesome staff. Mario, Brent, Tina, Ernie, Lupe, Christina, and Mercedes, you are all the best!!
What are your plans after graduation?
My plans after graduation are to gain work experience in medical social work. Since being placed for internship in a medical setting, I have had the opportunity to learn about some of the gaps that exist between healthcare and social services. I have found this to be an area I am passionate about and want to pursue a career in. In the future I will likely augment my education in social work with a degree in nursing to enhance my understanding of disease process and patient care.
What are some of your favorite aspects of the program?
Apart from having some great professors to teach the curriculum of our program, field practicum is a great way to gain experience working with different populations and appreciate the complexity and diversity of human behavior and family systems. One of the unique highlights in the MSW IVC cohort is our small class size, I feel this allows the professors to get to know us well since there are only 26 of us. This is also an advantage because a smaller class size allows all students to participate and learn from one another.
Describe why you would recommend SDSU to potential students.
I would recommend SDSU to potential students because it challenges students to grow professionally and personally through rigorous curriculum and prepares students to enter the workforce as competent and committed professionals. The professors of this institution are fantastic mentors who encourage and foster growth of student capacities. SDSU is a community of learners who share a passion for service and the advancement of human potential.
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