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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.

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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View From the Debate Floor

Amidst the fascinating campaign season, Washington University was selected to serve as the host of the second presidential debate. Over 60 million viewers tuned in to watch the event happening live. Many WashU students, including myself, had the pleasure of being a part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! […]

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Finding Fieldwork: My First Practicum Fair

​At the Brown School, students select their own practicum site. This flexibility can feel a little daunting (Where do I begin? And how do I choose?) But, ultimately, this an opportunity to dedicate our practicum hours to an organization whose mission aligns with our career goals. And, to help you along the way, the Brown School hosts a practicum fair, gathering many potential field organizations in one room, on campus, for the specific purpose of meeting students. […]

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Making St. Louis Home: St. Louis Symphony at Forest Park

​I’ve spent my entire life in two cities: Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. These two places will forever hold a special place in my heart. I love the beaches of my hometown Los Angeles. I love the mountains, the palm tree-lined sky, the Getty and LACMA. And I absolutely love the diversity of people. D.C. introduced me to killer Ethiopian food, the magic of the Smithsonians, Jazz in the Garden, the world of politics, and the beauty of living in a pedestrian friendly city. Still, what I loved most about these two cities is the fact that there were endless opportunities to explore something new. […]

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Housing 101

So the decision has finally been made and you’re coming to Washington University in the fall to start one of the top social work programs in the country! Congratulations!  […]

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