Alumni Spotlight: Melissa Oran, MSW

What would you want a potential student to know before starting this program?

“One of the biggest elements you need to be successful in this program is communication. Don’t be afraid to talk to your peers, talk to your Student Support Specialist, and talk to your instructor. Don’t let yourself feel isolated or overwhelmed. Realize that some things are easier for some people than they are for others.

Also, be proactive in managing your time. Make time for what’s important. If your schoolwork takes fifteen hours, schedule those fifteen hours. That’s not possible in one day a week, so you will need to spread out that time into a schedule that works for you.

Finally, be honest with yourself. There are some assignments that call for self-reflection – and self-reflection is essential for growth as a social worker. Even if you are out of your comfort zone, you have to be honest with yourself. That’s where the growth happens.”

-Melissa Oran, MSW

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