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The Beginning of the End of my College Career!


Today’s blog post is inspired by the Daily Prompt from August 21st about starting a new semester of classes. I felt that posting this today was more appropriate than last week because today marks the beginning of the end of my college career; I am officially starting the last year of my Masters of Social Work program at the University of Kansas and I couldn’t be more proud of myself.

It took me quite a long time to get where I am today, a lot of hard work, dedication, sweat and tears but I’ve finally made it. Of course, I can’t say that I’ve OFFICIALLY made it until May 2014 when I’m able to apply for graduation and receive my hood but it is nice to know that time is not far off.

These last two semesters (Fall: Aug-Dec and Spring: Jan-May) are the epitome of the social work degree and will provide me with the clinical knowledge that I have been looking forward to learning since I started the program. I will be “working” at the VA hospital as a social worker trainee for the next two semesters for 24 hours a week which will provide me with the 700 hours I need for my clinical practicum as well as attending class (16 credits) every other Tuesday from 8am – 6pm.

I’ve had a chance to look at my syllabus for my courses ahead of time and I am excited about what lies ahead of me: biopsychosocials, clinical diagnosis and more! I know that these last two semesters will be more demanding than previous years but I expected it and prepared myself ahead of time for what was to come.

All that lies between me and my Masters degree, hood and license exam is completing these next two semesters. I can’t wait until I can officially call myself a Social Worker and a licensed one at that!

Are you in school? If so, what classes are you taking this semester?

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  • Sarah Bailey August 26, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Good luck with the start of your new term :) I really hope it goes well for you and enjoy it!! x

  • Rosey August 26, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Do you get a hood for your Masters? I skipped the ceremony for mine, lol. I don’t regret it, but I’m old. ;)

    Congrats on making it through to the end, I know that’s a great feeling!!

    • Ashley August 27, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Yeah, I will have a hooding ceremony which I am looking forward too :)

  • Giveaways 4 Mom August 26, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Congrats. I am also graduating soon with my Bachelors in Criminal Justice. It has been a long journey but my hard work has paid off over the years and I am glad that I stuck with my schooling.

  • mommasbacon August 26, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Congrats! That is awesome! I finished my Masters a few years ago and don’t have any plans for a PhD program in the near future (I had considered it seriously when I finished at the time), but this marks my husband’s last semester, too! He only has one math course left! Crazy. It’s been a long time coming for him, too, so that is awesome! Be proud and I am forcing him to walk at the next ceremony. I feel like this has been a long road for all of us and want to enjoy it with him!

  • Pam August 26, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Congrats! That is awesome. I finished up with college a while ago and don’t want to go back anytime soon!

  • Jutta@HungryLittleGirl August 26, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Congratulations! I am happy your hard work paid out.

  • amanda August 26, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I am not in school but do remember those days.

  • Erinn S August 26, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Good work! I’ll help share this!

  • Nicole Howell August 26, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    That is fantastic! Congrats on the degree!!!

  • Becca August 26, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I’m done with school right now. However, I want to go back when we can afford it for a totally different degree! lol

  • Linda Kinsman August 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Congratulations! You are so close you can see the finish line, or should I say the beginning of your new career? I am not in school currently, but I’m giving it some thought.

  • Anne | The Lucky Wife August 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Congratulations! An exciting time for you, although, every now and then I miss some things about college life. :)

  • Dawn ~ Spatulas On Parade August 26, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Congrats and good luck with these last 2 semesters. Keep your eye on the prize.

  • sarah clegg August 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    congrats hun keep up the good work xx

  • Tough Cookie Mommy August 26, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    I know the feeling! I finished my Master’s Degree when I was pregnant with my youngest son and it was a lot of work and sacrifice. I’m currently planning to go back to get 30 credits above my Master’s but I’ll probably do it online this time.

  • Astrid August 26, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Wow, these last courses seemv eyr interesting. I know it will be an intense year, but it’ll surely be rewarding.

  • Growing Up Madison August 26, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Congrats! I’m actually trying to finish up my degree right now. I should have been done by now but switched majors about 3 times because I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do. Just a few more classes though and I’ll be done as well :)

  • Cynthia L. August 26, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I am so happy for you that you stuck it out. What a wonderful career you have chosen. The world needs more people like you.

  • Stormy Gonzalez August 26, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Congratulations on being SOOO close to having that Masters! You chose a great field, and it definitely takes a strong person to make it this far — so major kudos to you! I am taking classes, starting over on a degree in Library Science. =D

  • Viccy H August 27, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Best of luck with your studies!
    My hubby is about to start his second year of CIPS whilst working full-time :-)

  • Aida Ingram August 28, 2013 at 3:53 am

    I wanted to wish you the best as you finish such an amazing journey! You are at the start of something new..and at the end of something great. A noble area to work in and one that needs as many compassionate and kind people as possible!

  • Lisa Ladrido August 30, 2013 at 11:24 am

    You should be extremely proud of your accomplishments, congratulations! You are a busy busy lady! Best of luck!

  • tonygreene113 @113tidbits August 31, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Congratulations!! glad to see you’re almost at the end.