Statement of Professional Orientation Instructions
Please respond to the below essay questions with a 250-500 word response for each question. In reviewing this section, faculty reviewers will evaluate thoroughness and organization of your responses, an understanding of social work, evidence of emotional and professional readiness to enter the profession, and writing ability (use of standard English, clarity in presentation, and writing free of errors in grammar, style, and syntax).
Discuss your educational history (undergraduate and graduate, if applicable) and the ways it has prepared you for rigorous graduate study in social work. What are your academic strengths? What areas can you identify for further improvement?
Social workers serve vulnerable populations who face historical and structural oppression and serve people who live in poverty. Describe any experiences you have had serving members of such populations or addressing issues pertaining to such populations. Discuss what you learned about yourself, others, and society from those experiences.
Professional relationships rely on the social worker's ability to understand diverse experiences and to empathetically connect to others. Describe and discuss an interpersonal interaction you've had in an academic, volunteer, or work setting and the ways in which your actions reflect your capacity to work empathetically and effectively.
The social work graduate program is expensive, challenging, and time-consuming. It demands a necessary reprioritization of your time and financial resources to complete. How do you plan to pay for your education and what changes do you anticipate making in your work and personal schedule to accommodate the full-time or part-time program? Be specific.