Each step of my progress through Eriksons Masters of Social Work program has been excellent. Their staff and faculty both support and challenge me, sometimes within the same sentence. From my first phone call requesting information to my current, most challenging classes, Erikson team members continuously work to connect with me personally, meeting me where I am and illuminating the path ahead of me, both with their teaching and their example. I am an actor who is getting a social work degree, so my route to Erikson was not an obvious one. However, my advisor, each of my professors, the person who interviewed me, even other students, have worked diligently to understand where I come from and where I hope to go, and used every resource at their disposal to help me draw connections between my current work and my theatrical background. They support my entire person, not only my academic goals. Erikson faculty and staff make themselves available whenever students need help or guidance, and often reach out to support each student professionally and emotionally. The classes are designed to engage critical thinking, and professors challenge students to absorb the material while constantly questioning it. As many students are also professionals in social work-related fields, we are always asked to apply each lesson, theory, or conclusion to our own experience, asking if what we are learning matches what we know to be true. In this way, multiple sources of knowledge are honored, and we learn how to think for ourselves, have a voice in our process, and rely on each other as respected colleagues. While I am not yet in the field, I can see how this thoughtful approach is preparing us to be professionals whose goal is not to get the answer right, but to work on long-term personalized solutions that fit the needs of our clients. They are supporting us in the same ways that we will support our clients. To me, this is excellence at work.
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I am currently attending Erikson. It is a great school to attend. The teachers are very nice and will explain anything you don't understand. They really want you to succeed and there is always someone to ask for help. There is a lot of reading but it is very interesting. The classes are not too big and you will know most of your classmates because they are in your cohort. The classes are very focused on child development and once you finish your first year you get more individualized into the different programs you are there for. It is definitely a great experience to attend graduate school here.
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