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This article focuses on the central role that the personal statement plays in the MSW application process. Strategies are presented for writing an effective statement that will highlight and emphasize applicant strengths congruent with the values of particular Schools of Social Work.
During this period, the application procedures were completely revamped, and UNE was subsequently acknowledged in by the Council on Social Work Education in its Site Visit Report for reaffirmation of accreditation as having developed an admissions process that is "one of the more elaborate, perhaps, in social work education," and for using ".
In general, schools use GRE scores and academic transcripts as quantitative measures to predict academic success. The personal statement, letters of reference, and the application form including employment and other social work-related experience are qualitative indicators that may be used to suggest the "fit" between the applicant and the particular school.
In this approach, two faculty review each student application on the following 6 criteria: The faculty reviewers are made familiar in advance with the application materials, particularly regarding where data related to each of the six evaluative criteria may be located within the materials.
The Personal Statement and the School Mission Statement The personal statement should reflect careful consideration of the schools to which the applicant has chosen to apply. Without question, well-developed personal statements have contributed to the acceptance of many applicants; poorly written ones to the non-acceptance.
The values and goals of Schools of Social Work vary greatly, and applicants should seek schools whose mission statements fit well with their own values and goals for practice. What are the values and principles that form the foundation of the school?
Applicants should reflect upon these carefully. What do they mean? If a school emphasizes the concepts of oppression, social justice, empowerment, dignity, compassion, and respect, what do these mean and how has the life of the applicant been affected in these areas?
One of the tasks of the applicant is to tap into her internalized experience of these values to allow the richness of her life to come alive. The purpose of a well-written personal statement is three-fold.
What events in her total life experiences have led the applicant to the field of social work? What is her story, and how did it lead her to apply to this specific school? This is the opportunity to show the link between what may appear on the surface to be disparate life experiences.
It is the chance for the applicant to narrate her story and come alive to the faculty reviewer and become a living, thinking, feeling human being with a life full of meaningful experiences.
A paragraph in the personal statement, then, might read as follows: The values that the School presents in its mission statement are not just words for me. As a lesbian, I have lived the oppression of a society grounded in heterosexist patriarchy, and have experienced firsthand the social and economic injustices suffered by my women and lesbians friends, as well as the working poor.
A quiet person by nature, I have discovered a voice that I did not know I had.
I have added my voice to those seeking equal rights for same sex partners and continue my struggle to receive health care benefits for my partner of 15 years. I have come to recognize and value the strengths and resiliencies I have developed by necessity to survive the neglect and abuse of my childhood and use these in my ongoing struggle against the discrimination and societal injustices that I experience as a woman and as a lesbian.
Notice how this excerpt from a fictional applicant allows the applicant to come alive to the reader in a passionate, enthusiastic manner while clearly using the language and the values presented in the mission statement of the School.When applying for a social work job, you may be asked to write a covering letter or separate personal statement to accompany your application.
An awesome personal brand statement example jumps right out at you. However, after polling several well-educated young professionals about their personal brand statement, we realized that there are still many individuals who don’t understand how to use it to benefit their career and brand.
In our series on writing the personal statement for residency application, we thought it would be a good addition to have a section on writing technique.
For those in pursuit of their master in social work, the MSW Personal Statement is an important stepping stone all must confront along the way. What exactly is this personal statement all about?
Here’s the scoop, in the form of five helpful tips for writing an effective MSW personal statement.
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Use bullet statements when appropriate. You usually have a choice when you are writing your resume to combine a series of related statements into a single paragraph or to list each sentence in that paragraph as a separate statement, each occupying its own line.