Student Name: Cathy Aborn
Major: Masters in Social Work
Student Organization Affiliation: GWEP Stipend Program
Graduation Year: 2017
What made you decide to enroll in the School of Social Work at SDSU?
I had been a volunteer for many years at San Diego Hospice, and I considered one of their social workers (an SDSU graduate) to be a mentor. As I was contemplating a shift in my professional life, I called her to ask about her experience as a social worker. She said, “Every day I feel grateful that I get paid to do the work I do.” That was all I needed to hear.
What has been your most memorable experience in the School?
Probably being on edge in Dr. Ko’s class that she would call on me and I wouldn’t know the answer, yet really appreciating her demanding style of instruction. She is a very positive force in expecting more from students and facilitating our learning.
What are your plans after graduation?
After a short vacation, I plan to start accruing hours for my clinical social work license, working with older adults, and/or those with life-limiting illness.
What are some of your favorite aspects of the program?
Undoubtedly, my two internship placements, first at LightBridge Hospice, then Southern Caregiver Resource Center, pushed me to grow professionally and personally. I was fortunate both years to work with excellent, highly-committed staff, who taught me how to facilitate important end-of-life conversations with clients and their families.
Describe why you would recommend SDSU to potential students.
Compared to other MSW programs locally and nationally, SDSU is very affordable. SDSU students have excellent access to stipend programs and scholarships to defray the cost of their education. On campus, SDSU students and professors are a welcoming diverse group, with a lot of opportunity to learn from one another. Finally, SDSU’s location offers a lot of potential in the local job market post-graduation.
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