Student Name:Rebekkah Boronkay
Program: Master’s Program, 3 year track
Graduation Year: 2018
What made you decide to enroll in the School of Social Work at SDSU?
After working with teenagers with mental illnesses and severe behavioral issues for three years, I realized I wanted to be as effective as possible for this severely underserved population. I would work with these kids while they were in crisis, and when things got too serious I would send them to their counselors. I wanted to be that next layer; I wanted to provide as much safety and healing as possible.
What have been your most memorable experience in the School?
I’ve met some of the most incredible people in this program, staff and students alike. Before starting the MSW program, I didn’t know that there were people so much like me; deeply emotive, curious about the nature of people’s minds and behavior. I have made some of my best friends since coming here, and I will forever be grateful for that.
What are your plans after graduation?
I have always wanted to move to the Pacific North West, and I think once I graduate my plan is to move up to Washington state. Although, right now it’s snowing up there and I literally have no idea how people live in that. Like, do you just stop doing things?
What are some of your favorite aspects of the program?
I am surprised by how much I’ve enjoyed the aspects of the program that aren’t clinical, like social policy and research. I never thought of myself as a ‘big picture’ person, but once all of these aspects are integrated I can understand the importance of each. I love social policy; it comes up with each client I work with. And research just keeps my brain active, even though sometimes I think it’s a little beyond me.
Describe why you would recommend SDSU to potential students.
This is a very supportive campus. Some scary things have happened this year, and the student body, particularly the social work students, have reacted. This is not a place where people will stand by and allow for fear to take control. It is a place of progress and support, and I love SDSU for that.
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