Student Experiences in the PEL Program

I really enjoyed this online experience, even if it was hard at first. I appreciate the instructors for being receptive and answering emails for clarification. I think the content in both classes was super interesting and beneficial to utilize throughout my field experience. All in all, I am super happy I chose UIC to go back to for this program. I have no doubt that I have learned vital information to help me in my career.

Alyssa Kaplan, Class of '20

I really enjoyed the Needs Assessment assignment. I feel some of my reading and assignments have started to come together and I am experiencing it first hand at my placement.

Melinda Just, Class of '20

I have a foot-high pile of articles, books, and materials that I’ve collected throughout the semester to go through and start building my own personal school social work toolkit that I can use and work from. Now that I have all of the basics down, I’m looking forward to diving into some topics/ideas deeper. I’m so glad that I went to your Post-MSW PEL info session last January! It was an intense semester, but so worth it!

Student in the Class of '20

Who knew that social workers also play the role of teachers?! This is part of the reason I love school social work. Our role is so diverse!  I know that in this field, expertise comes from experience and I am excited to continue learning and growing as I work towards becoming a school social worker!

Tara Seiden, Class of '20

I definitely have had a lot on my plate and have had to work to balance all of my responsibilities and really work to perfect my time management skills. Despite my frustrations and stress, I have loved to be challenged again. I have loved being out of my element in this program and pushed to try new things, expand my knowledge and skillset. I feel that I have grown both professionally and personally and have been able to accomplish much more than I imagined I could in one semester. This is what I felt I was lacking in my last job before I started this program. I feel even more so now than I did at the start of the semester that this program and going into school social work was the right decision for me.

Student in the Class of '20

I am feeling much more comfortable than at the beginning of the year, and am excited for this comfort to grow. I am thankful that I have another semester to learn and practice.

Samantha Ellis, Class of '20

I have had many moments with students where just being someone to listen and talk with them has seemed to make a big impact on their day. This is how I know I am glad that I pursued the PEL program.

Student in the Class of '20

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The deadline to apply for next fall semester is January 15, 2021.

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