(Closed) Grad School (MSW) decision, please help!

posted 7 years ago in College
  • poll: Which do you think I should pick?
    School One (for deaf students) : (6 votes)
    16 %
    School Two (religiously affiliated) : (32 votes)
    84 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee

    Out of the both, I’d choose option 2. I think having to learn sign language would make doing your masters that much more difficult..especially since the classes would all be in sign language. Do you have a passion to work with the deaf community?

    I dont think its a big deal that the second school is a Catholic university. Fiance and I both got accepted into an accelerated nursing school at a university with Methodist in the title..and we’re both Muslim. 

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    School 1 for several reasons:

    • It costs less
    • It forces you to learn a skill that (I personally think) will be a huge plus when applying for jobs
    • I would rather have someone judge me for having a sense that most of the world has, which I never had a choice in (I assume no one would choose to be deaf except for very extreme circumstances that I can’t think of right now but that theoretically exist) than have them judge me for a religion, which many people argue is a choice (though I personally think you don’t choose what you beleive in, just how you practice it)
    • Along those lines, I would be surprised if someone tried to convince you to be deaf, but not surprised to hear someone tried to convert you
    • I don’t think a lack of a specialization is a bad thing, unless you are absolutely sure which specialization you would choose. If you have no specialty, you will probably not get the job against someone who has it, but if you choose a specialty you are locked into it and won’t be qualified (I assume this is how employers will look at it) to applu for jobs in other specialties.

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    My initial reaction was against the Catholic school but at the end of the day, I’m wondering exactly *how* religious an institution it is? If things are *heavily* religious that would make me uncomfortable, but many universities and colleges have religious history/background so it’s hard to say.

    I think if you were madly passionate about working with the deaf that school number one would be amazing- you’d be focused on this specific population, you’d come out with a strong language skill (I’m assuming you’d have to or else they would give you the qualifications without strong ASL), and it would be a unique training experience. With that said, if it’s not your passion, would the additional effort of learning a new language and specializing so specifically be worth it?

    Also, for what it’s worth, I have a couple hard of hearing friends who have fairly openly discussed exclusion of hearing individuals working with them (they work specifically with deaf individuals but the staff is mixed hearing and deaf employees). I wouldn’t let that necessarily bias you against school number one, but it’s on your cons list and it’s not the first I’ve heard of it.

    Either way, congratulations on getting accepted to both programs! Exciting 🙂

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I am almost done with my MSW so I can try to help. What I say may not be popular but I want to be honest with you…

    First, do you have your BSW? If so, are you doing the advanced standing?

    If the answer is no, then please do not go into that much debt for 2 years of school because your eventual income and your student loan debt will seriously stress you out. I see this with many in the field. I am a huge proponent of choosing a school that’s right for you BUT there are professions (Social Work) that no matter where you go it’s not going to help with the eventual job and/or your income will not be big significant enough to justify the cost of a private school degree. 

    If your goal is to get your LCSW you will be far more prepared for the field/licensure exam if you do the clinical track. The best way to specialize is after your degree to get training in a specific therapy model, with a type of population or in addictions. In some cases, you have to complete extra certifications to do work with certain populations. 

    I seriously considered going to Washington University for my MSW because it’s the best program but I couldn’t justify the tuition to income ratio. I chose a less well known program and I am happy I did. I have learned a lot clinically.

    If you have questions feel free to PM me or through the thread!

    ETA: I started out in the school social work track and quickly realized a lot of it is maneuvering the politics. You also do a lot of work with ILPs and special education. I’m not trying to sound like a downer at all. I love Social Work! I truly do but I feel like people are not always honest about the realities of the field. 

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Are these really your only two options? I would apply to a state school, they both do not sound like good options. I am currently getting my BSW. I wwouldn’t consider any of those programs. The college I want to go to doesn’t require you to take the GRE and you do not have to write a thesis. You do a big project instead. Congrats though on your decision to go to grad school.

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @GoldfishPie:  I’m not deaf, but I think you always use your cover letter and/or resume to mention the unique skills and experience you gained as a hearing person in a deaf community

    About the school decision, school 2 sounds good, but it’s about 3x as much. What’s the relationship between the school cost and your realistic expected starting salary?

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @GoldfishPie:  I just hear from my Fiance that thats the way specialties work in Law school. With a law degree its better to have a general degree unless you are absolutely positive about the specialty because employers don’t like to hire people with the “wrong” specialty. I’m sure that attitude varies a lot between fields though.

    Post # 12
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    667 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    well I would go for the cheaper one then

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @GoldfishPie:  I edited everything because I realized some of it didn’t make sense! Sorry about that!

    Anyway, if you have any worries about possibly changing your mind or are unsure of what you would really like to be doing then the best option is to go to a school that allows you to switch concentrations or at least one that has other options.

    Having said that, no matter your concentration you are still able to work in the different parts of social work. Just because I did clinical does not mean I could not do community building, policy or child and familiy. School is the only concentration where you have to take extra classes to be qualified.

    It worries me that you said option one is not strong in the other areas of the MSW.

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @GoldfishPie:  did you consider or apply to Howard University? It has different concentrations, less tuition cost and you could apply for an assistantship so your tuition would be covered. 

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