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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.

Exploring Research Opportunities at the Brown School

​Many graduate students choose to engage in research during their time at the Brown School. I knew I was interested in securing a part-time research job during my own application process, even though I wasn’t certain if I would pursue research as a career. I figured that a research role would allow me to deepen my knowledge in my field of interest beyond coursework and prepare me to confront the field’s major challenges throughout micro, mezzo and macro practice. […]

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Finding Practica in Unlikely Places

Growing up in Charleston, South Carolina taught me that there is history all around us --- sometimes it just means you have to be creative in the ways that you look for it. There is history in the big, sprawling oak tree in the middle of a park. There is history in the indentations in the concrete sidewalks from children’s handprints. There is history in the stucco-covered brick buildings that line the streets of my hometown. Living in Charleston also taught me that learning history, at its core, is not about memorizing important dates, but rather seeking out the stories of other people, and connecting those stories to the formation of the world we live in today. As I got older, I came to realize that human relationships and biases as well as organized systems in which these people live are at the core of not only history, but social work as well. […]

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Tips for Remote Learning at the Brown School

When I first applied to the Brown School in winter 2020, I was so excited to move to St. Louis. I looked at pictures of Washington University’s campus, […]

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Getting Outside in St. Louis

I like to think of a semester as represented by a graph with two peaks ---I had to use the internet to figure out that this phenomenon does, in fact, have a name, and it is recognized as a “bimodal graph.” The first peak represents the initial first few weeks of classes---the first assignments, papers, group discussions. It could even mean engaging in a social work practice lab session where you realize, for the first time, that it’s possible to simultaneously feel that you have no idea what you are doing, yet that you somehow can do new things. The second peak hits deeper in the semester, when professors gently remind us that we are full-fledged graduate students, or when the first excitement about a practicum opportunity reminds us of the future and where we will someday be. […]

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Who is the Typical Brown School Student?

For me, one of the most important parts of my day-to-day life is the people I’m surrounded by. In grad school, that’s even more important because we learn so much from each other in classroom discussions and casual lunch chats. With that in mind, I wanted to answer a question we get fairly often:  […]

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Meet the Brown School Student Ambassadors

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Who Should I Ask for Recommendation Letters?

The Brown School’s MSW and MPH program applications both require three letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic colleagues. For folks currently in school or working with a supervisor they love, the choice in who to ask for these letters may be obvious. For others who have been out of school for awhile or who haven’t had a good supervisor in a few years, it may feel really daunting to ask people to speak on your behalf for an application that is important to you. So,  who should you ask to write your recommendation letters? […]

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How to Make the Most of MSW Foundation Courses

By the end of my first semester at the Brown School, I had a portfolio full of well-researched content about the strengths and challenges of displaced populations. […]

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Life at the Brown School During COVID-19

All of that is definitely fun, but selfishly, for me the best part is getting to actually talk with y’all - when we call (maybe for the 10th time) to ask if you have any questions about life at the Brown School and we end up chatting about your story, why you’re interested in your chosen field, or your career goals.  […]

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From Case Study to Real World: Getting an MPH During a Pandemic

As a Global Health specializer, my innate sense of global responsibility immediately took heed. A mysterious illness displaying SARS like symptoms appeared in Wuhan, China. The reports were minimal and most of the world was left in the dark. During class, I remained pragmatic as we discussed the what-ifs of global health security and disease outbreaks, but like most students, I was preoccupied with the ebbs and flows of daily life.  […]

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