For Kathleen Murray '14, a previous undergraduate experience at a small New Jersey institution helped shape what she sought in a graduate school. She knew she wanted a familiar, friendly community, plus a well-qualified, accredited program to move her forward professionally. She knew Monmouth was the right fit.
"I always knew I needed and wanted to go back to school to further my education and professional career, yet for some time, I didn't know what field I should go into," Kathleen said. "I knew I wanted to be a professional where I would be able to help people help themselves. A master's in social work seemed to be the missing puzzle piece."
With a U.S. News & World Report top 100 MSW program, Monmouth was the ideal school for Kathleen. Professors such as Jenny Ristow brought enthusiasm and passion to the classroom, helping Kathleen look forward to attending and participating each day. "I was also able to work with Dr. Carolyn Bradley for my internship placement, and she has been an amazing asset," Kathleen said. "Her genuine care and concern for my best interest in learning has been extremely helpful and appreciated."
As Kathleen prepares for the future, she hopes to be an advocate, ally, and resource in the professional social work field. "Monmouth professors and classmates are a welcoming group of people," Kathleen said. "They are a community in every sense of the word. And a master's in social work from Monmouth will be the key to unlocking the door to this critical profession in our country."
Faculty Member Influence
"My internship placement this year was at The LGBT Older Adult Project-a joint initiative between the School of Social Work and the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies at Monmouth. We researched interviews conducted of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender to survey their unique experiences of aging and medical disparities, and I was able to present this work at the Global Understanding Convention. Also, I worked on a Cultural Competency Curriculum Training for local social agencies, hospitals, and organizations on needs and discrepancies for LGBT elders."
My favorite Monmouth memory
My cohort. I am proud to be part of a group of individuals where there is a celebration of diversity-ethnically, religiously, and varying life experiences. These attributes that my classmates and future colleagues have will allow me to recognize, celebrate, and appreciate the individual, a critical aspect of social work. We have come together as a unique family, supporting each other in our social work and personal lives.