(Closed) ? for MSW graduates

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
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146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

OMG it would be awful. I didn’t work while in graduate school and did advanced standing.  I was busy ALL THE TIME!  I couldn’t imagine that you could keep up with classes, internship and capstone (thesis).  

In NC, they only start the program in the fall, it may be different in NYC- if you take a semester off, you have to take a whole year off.  There was one girl that did this, but struggled when she first came back.  

I would not in a million years torture myself with TTC while in grad school.  We waited until I was done with school to TTC. 

 

Hope this helps!

Post # 4
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177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I agree. I worked my first year on the weekends, so I never had days off, and had to do homework mornings before class and nights. First year I had classes two days a week, and two 1/2 days at my internship. Second year I didn’t work because I commuted a very long distance to get to my internship (my choice) and it was too much. However, I was still very busy. Having the flexibility of one week-day off a week meant i had the opportunity to focus more on school work and research opportunities with professors, which improved my ability to get a good job after graduation.

If you really don’t want to wait for the baby, maybe consider taking a semester off. You’d have to speak to your program about that.

Its only two years though, and the MSW is a great degree. I suppose you could try to time having the baby for the summer between your two years. I’m assuming your partner makes enough to support the whole family and pay for child care though.

Post # 6
Bee
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

It would be tough, but if you time it right, it could work.  Which program are you applying to?  The accelerated programs are often more work at one time, and you have to take class and do field through the summer sessions, instead of having the summer (to potentially have or spend time with a baby).  I found 1st year to be much more time consuming than this (2nd) year is so far, mostly because I have figured out how to balance and get work done in a more efficient way.  I would be happy to talk more about it.  A woman in my class is due at the end of the semester, and she will probably take off the Spring semester, and finish over the summer or in the Fall, both of which are possible.

Post # 7
Bee
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

Just wanted to add: the MSW program is way way more time consuming than undergrad was – at least in my program, you are in the field three full days, and in class two days, so free time to just get your school work done is limited in a way that I never experienced in undergrad (many years ago), even with 3 part-time jobs in each semester.

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