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The breadth and depth of experiences that our students have during their time at the Brown School are unparalleled. Read firsthand from some of our students.

Building Your Brown School Community

There are so many ways to engage with fellow students around the work we do, the material we study and the passions we share. However, one recent Brown School experience has placed me out of the classroom and on to the soccer field. Fueled by a variety of reasons, my friend and I decided to co-captain an intermural soccer team, the Liverpool Second Stringers. […]

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Why It Matters That My Public Health Degree Is Transdisciplinary

Every Tuesday morning, my entire Masters in Public Health cohort meets for our hour-long Cross-Cutting Themes in Public Health course where we learn about foundational public health concepts (such as ethics frameworks, health care systems, etc.) One day, our professor spoke to us about the importance of practicing transdisciplinary public health and how to best integrate a transdisciplinary framework into our learning. As a graduate of a liberal arts undergraduate institution, I always prided myself on the broad range of academic disciplines I could integrate into my work. The field of public health appealed to me […]

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Self-Care for the Selfless: 5 Tips to Help Reduce Burnout in Graduate School

People who choose to enter the helping professions (social work, public health, counseling, community organizing, etc.) are often the most selfless people you'd know. Their hearts are big, and their capacity to create lasting impact is bigger. They are givers, and always hesitate to take in return. This leads to burnout and compassion fatigue, some of the highest reasons for the consistent turnover in social services professions. But, as a precautionary measure, there are many things that we can do in order to keep us from approaching the proverbial ledge. […]

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Back to the Books

The seasons have started to change in St. Louis and summer is quickly becoming fall. For many students at the Brown School, the change in seasons is just one of the big transitions we're experiencing. Second year students may be re-adjusting to academic life after a summer spent doing practicum work or with family. For first year students, the changes are even more pronounced. Many of us are in a new city or part of the city. Some are figuring out how to balance school with family or a job. Some of us coming from the workforce are learning how to be a student again. Some of us are learning our way around a new campus job or research position. And all of us are finding our niche(s) within the Brown School. […]

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10 Lessons From My First Year

Tomorrow at 6:00 pm, once all the presentations are complete and the papers are turned in, I will officially conclude my first year in the MSW program. Upon reflection of the last ten months, I am a little overwhelmed by thoughts and feelings; they have been challenging, surprising, filled with a tremendous amount of good, as well as a handful of struggle. […]

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Traveling Abroad with Public Health on My Mind

​As my first semester ended, I was ready for a much needed break. With only the necessities and a couple friends, I began backpacking through Europe. Not only was I amazed by the art culture, the people, and the food, but I saw myself thinking about public health everywhere I went. As I was waiting for the train in Madrid, a virtual billboard with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) poster flashed before my eyes. […]

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Quick Take: Can Graduate Students Also Be Social Creatures?

It was around this time last year that the weight of the reality that I was pursuing grad school truly settled in. I had thought about getting a Master of Social Work (MSW) long before I had even graduated from my Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) program, but as with many things, it’s easier to dream about the future than it is to actually hash out the requirements and meet all the deadlines. […]

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Applying? Get Connected with the Brown School!

It’s that time of year, people! It’s time to apply to graduate school. Many of you are already well into the process of completing your applications, the Brown School’s included. Some of you are still exploring your options. […]

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The (Not So) Secret Weapon That is Brown School Career Services

​When you think of Career Services, traditional job search tools like resumes and interview skills likely come to mind. At the Brown School, these are certainly important components of Career Services, however they only represent a small piece of a broader array of services for students. […]

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Step One to Beginning Your Public Health Career: The Application Process

​I once stood were you are standing today. Navigating through the SOPHAS. Researching MPH programs; asking for letters of recommendation; and walking into my university’s writing center for the first time since freshman year. And as sweater weather is upon us, and the exciting aroma of hot chocolate and pumpkin spice lattes fill the air—right as your MPH applications deadlines get closer–you may feel that just as you are beginning the application process, you are being pulled in so many different directions. Trying to balance school, work, families, friends, and applications, you might being to think of those deadlines and wonder, “How do I even get started? […]

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