|National Service Scholar: Grace Rougier and USC School of Social Work|
Grace Rougier, Denver '13 • USC School of Social Work
"City Year provided me with real life application and has allowed me to look at research and policy with a new perspective.”
Since starting the MSW program what has been your most notable achievement?
The most notable achievement within the MSW program has been providing meaningful input to classroom discussions. The meaningful input comes from my City Year experience in working with at risk students, the deficits in educational policy, and witnessing lack of services for vulnerable populations. City Year provided me with real life application and has allowed me to look at research and policy with a new perspective.
In a classroom setting, I am quick to ask for help if I find myself struggling in with classroom material. In addition, I network with professors, staff, and guest speakers to get closer to my careers goals. A prime example is my willingness to take on a second internship with the largest probono law firm, Public Counsel.
A major weakness I have overcome as an MSW student is over analyzing my thoughts or questions. In grad school, most of the students are guarded in their statements and willingness to share because they want to make sure they sound "smart." City Year allowed me let go of this fear and I have been able to express my thoughts and views
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