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Summary List PlacementTable of Contents: StaticSocial Work Practice: Advocating Social Justice and Change (small)

With the ongoing pandemic, everyday news of racial injustice, and general challenges of the world, it’s unfortunately not uncommon to feel helpless right now. Although I’m privileged to have maintained my physical and mental health over the past year, it’s also taught me just how much I value supporting others in any way I can.

Lately, I had been curious about how I could fuse my background in journalism with my passion for mental health advocacy. So I took to Coursera and discovered the University of Michigan’s Social Work: Practice, Policy and Research MasterTrack (one of the school’s many online offerings).

I enrolled in the free, self-paced introductory course to help me decide if I wanted to commit to the full MasterTrack, which takes about 6-8 months to complete. Three weeks later, I flew through nearly the entire intro course in two sittings — and felt ready to apply to part-time graduate programs in social work. 

I’d been entertaining the idea of grad school — and MSW programs specifically — since I graduated from U-M in 2019, and this course was the push I needed to finally submit applications to MSW programs. It was a small preview into the history and importance of social work, an opportunity for self-reflection and understanding my role in promoting social justice, and a test in balancing a full-time job with part-time learning.

If you’re considering a career in social work, I highly recommend taking this course. While working through it, I entered a much sought-after flow state of engagement, empowerment, and confidence that confirmed my suspicion that social work would be the right path for me.

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