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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.

Life in St. Louis

Students come to the Brown School from down the block, across the U.S., and from the other side of the world.  […]

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Buder Center's 28th Annual Pow Wow

​Every spring, the Brown School’s […]

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5 Reasons to Come to Admitted Students Weekend

In a month, Admitted Students Weekend will give admitted students the opportunity to come to the Brown School to learn more about their programs, the School's resources for students, and the things they can accomplish as a Brown School student. While there are many things to be learned when visiting our school, here's a quick list of five reasons why I think you should come to […]

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How to Survive (and Thrive!) in Group Projects

​In many ways, the fields of public health and social work are based in relationships. We are champions of interdisciplinary initiatives and cooperative work and understand that it will take teams of committed individuals and organizations to confront the social and public health challenges our society faces. As students, we celebrate this culture of collaboration and teamwork—that is, until we open our syllabus and see "group project." […]

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Doing the Work to Restore: Sustaining Self-Care as a Graduate Student

​As I settle back into the routine (or a complete lack thereof, rather) of being a graduate student, there are times when I forsake the things that keep me rooted in the flurry of being human. […]

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Student Perspective: Why Research, Practice and Policy Matter

At the Brown School, students refine and enhance their skills in the areas of research, practice and policy in order to fulfill our commitment to impact. The Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health programs offer a multitude of courses and experiences for graduate students to dip their toes into each of these areas, and students can determine how each fits into their professional goals.  […]

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Knowing My Value (With Help From Career Services!)

I came back to school because I wanted to be a counselor. Before entering the MSW program, I worked in higher education student affairs--mostly in housing and residential life. My work included emergency response and informal counseling with students. I was good at these parts of my job and felt called to the work. Students told me that they were relieved when I was the one who showed up for a crisis. It doesn't feel right to say I "enjoyed" these crises, but I felt like I was fulfilling my purpose. Many people have told me that I have a calming presence. I am able to think quickly and calmly in chaotic situations. I am able to hear about intense trauma and remain useful for the person who is in pain and fear. I learned these things about myself which help lead me to my next steps. […]

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Your Future Colleagues

Since day one of the fall semester, one of my Brown School professors has made a point to refer to me and my peers not his students, but as "future colleagues." Though I was vaguely surprised by this, I appreciate the mentality behind it. It is a reminder that the personal and professional relationships we build in school will not end at graduation day. It's a  reminder that we are part of a much larger web of social work and public health practitioners. It's a reminder that we all have had the privilege to invest in our professional path. My professor's choice to refer to us as his future colleagues—and his encouragement that we think of each other as future colleagues—puts graduate education into a larger context. […]

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Finding Public Health Research Opportunities

One of the highlights of my graduate public health education at the Brown School so far has been learning about the incredible research projects with which my peers and professors are engaged.   […]

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Learning Outside the Classroom

​One of the biggest (and most under-rated) perks of being a member of an academic institution is having access to the myriad of events and lectures that happen on campus. The opportunity to attend events that highlight new ideas, perspectives, and opportunities to grow was something I really missed when I transitioned to the professional world. It's a luxury to be able to enjoy the many educational events available to students and community members here and I really appreciate the opportunities I've had to learn outside the traditional classroom environment.  Whether it's a scholar giving a lecture on environmental justice, an author sharing about their latest book on race, or a non-profit leader imparting the wisdom they've gained from years in the field, I regularly benefit from being exposed to so many innovative and knowledgeable voices.  […]

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