lovelylaceface asked: Hello there! I just stumbled across your blog and was so excited to find you are doing the MSW program at CSULB! I have been researching MSW programs in southern California and have found myself drawn to long beach, though I really know very little about the program itself. I'm wondering what made you decide on CSULB and what you're enjoying (and not enjoying) about the program/ the school/ anything so far. I would really love to hear as much input as you're willing to share!
Hello! I apologize for the late response. Let me tell you one thing about any MSW program: they will consume your time until you graduate. As you can see how long it took me to respond to your post, you can imagine how much of an effort and dedication a person must contain to be in this field and program.
I applied to three different programs: SFSU, CSULB, and CSULA. I’m originally from LA so the latter two are both automatic choices since they were closer to my family. SFSU was an option for me since I was in my undergrad across the bay from Daly City and wished to stay up there at that time. SFSU and CSULB are both wonderful schools and are the best within California for MSW. They are both ranked highly and it appears that Long Beach has much more recognition and high standard.
To be honest, I am enjoying my cohort. I currently live with one of my fellow classmates and have become best friends who can discuss problems at internship ( you will do that a lot, if you decide to complete your graduate studies). I do not necessarily enjoy the fact my program makes it mandatory to write a thesis for our 2nd year, but I believe we are the last cohort that must meet this requirement.
If you have any other questions please do not hesitate in asking. Again I’m sorry about the last response. I was bombarded with school that has consumed my last year and just finished last Friday. Let me know where you’re headed to for the Fall!
What I do on Saturdays//Study #vscocam #portfoliocoffeehouse #portfolio #lbc #longbeach #socal #ca #msw (at Portfolio Coffee House)
Although I always have work over the weekend, it is very nice to dictate my own schedule than going to work, internship, or school. It was an extremely gloomy day in Long Beach apart from the little spots of sun that would leak through.
I spent the majority of my afternoon and night in a coffee shop called Portfolio Coffeehouse on 4th and Cherry St.. I have to say, this place is a great experience on a Saturday. In between people-watching, listening to inspiring coffee shop playlist on iTunes, and cranking out homework, I got to enjoy my Saturday. I’ll be sure to photograph the place next time I go. Perhaps I’ll go tomorrow..we shall see. Their Mexican Mocha was tasty.
As stated before, I sprained my ankle about a week ago on a hike near the beach. This was the first time I have ever had a physical injury that debilitated me in such a way. Being told by a physician to lay in bed all week, without going to school, internship, or work, you can imagine was difficult.
Living in a beach city can be depressing at times. I would hear the birds, horns from the boats, and life outside my window. All the while I laid in bed sleeping out of boredom or becoming a certifiable news sources by being on flipboard 24/7, as my boyfriend pointed out.
Yes, I tried to walk without crutches and that did not go smoothly. Also, first time ever on crutches and I was not even given training! (Do they even do that?) The image of me being on crutches and needing assistance was a hard blow. I did not enjoy changing my routine for an injury that I did not deem was too bad, at least in the beginning.
Ah…yes. It is so lovely to have technology, long naps, and magazines at my disposal for an entire week. No. I am not the type of person that enjoys to lounge about during the week. An ankle sprained is so much more than an injury. I had lost my ability to function, sustain myself, and was defenseless until my injury healed. You learn more and more about yourself each day and with this leg, I learned a great deal.
My guilty pleasure: nail polish + scarves. That’s all I need in life. Oh, and some good food and company!
Anonymous asked: How did you sprain your ankle... how bad is it... are you on crutches??
I went hiking this past weekend. As I was walking, a rock underneath my shoe shifted and my ankle went along with it. It’s pretty bad. My leg and foot are swollen, I have been held captive in my apartment, and yes, I’m on crutches.
Why are you anonymous?