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Final Food for Thought

Alex and I became acquainted through the church camp that I attended every summer. This particular year was my first as a head counselor. Although I was a seasoned camper, nothing could really prepare me for this leadership experience. Alex was a complicated girl to say the least. A bit of a tomboy, she was […]

Keeping Your Head Above Water

I don’t know about all of you, but I have just about reached the end of my rope. “Why,” you ask? The answer is simple: it’s the end of the semester. More importantly, it’s the end of the year which marks the end of my master’s program and my student career. WOW. It feels bizarre […]

The Trouble with Grief

This past week at my internship I had to do one of the most difficult things to cross my path thus far. For most of the week I work in a 7-12 alternative school, but I also work at a K-3 elementary school for 1/2 day each week. That is where this event occured.

I entered […]

The Great Balancing Act

The longer I go in my social work career, the more aware of potential conflicts I become. These can pop up anywhere, anytime, and can catch you offguard if you’re not aware that such possibilities exist. A big mistake I made when I began practicing social work was thinking that I was immune to the experience […]

Life Lessons from Driving

If any of you reading this know me personally, you know that I commute twice a week to Loyola from about an hour south of Chicago. I know, I’m one of those crazy people that spends half their morning driving and sitting in traffic. Commuting has, surprisingly, served me very well over the past several […]

The Final Hurdle: Job Hunting

Right now I’m kind of in one of those transitional stages of life that are both exciting and terrifying. As I near graduation, a voice inside me keeps yelling, “GET A JOB!” Easier said than done, right? We all know what the economy is like right now. Jobs are scarce, and there’s a lot of […]

Separation of Public and Private

When I began working in a school for my internship, I quickly became familiar with those “gray areas” that we are all increasingly aware of. Among those is the issue of confidentiality. I often find myself conflicted when approached by a colleague, parent, or fellow staff member who wants to know what’s going on with […]

The ‘Invisible Tattoo’

The ‘invisible tattoo’ is something I’ve had for almost my entire life, even before I became a social worker. Although I would like to take credit for it, this clever metaphor was first spoken to me by my supervisor at my internship. She described scenarios in which random people would approach her and ask for […]

Celebrate Social Work!

Sometimes I feel like being a social worker is much like working on the stage crew of a musical. Both social workers and crew members play integral roles in the teams they are members of. Social workers help others sort through problems and find solutions that they otherwise might not have found. Stage […]

Family of Origin Therapy

This week I wanted to discuss this particular practice model because it’s one I recently encountered in classes, and I find it to be both extremely helpful and interesting. I am currently taking a course entitled, “Family Assessment and Intervention”. Each week usually entails reading and discussing a new model or practice theory for social […]

About this blog

Hey Everyone! My name is Becky and I'm an MSW student here at Loyola University Chicago. I am pursuing my MSW in school social work and have the honor of participating in the SSW's advanced standing program, which I will write about occassionally in my blog. I'm from Kankakee, IL and enjoy photography, music, and traveling. I'm looking forward to sharing my MSW experiences with you and to answering any questions you may have!