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Student Profile: Ana Cortez , MSW, traditional program


Union City, New Jersey

What drew you to Rutgers School of Social Work’s MSW program?

I wanted to pursuit a higher degree in counseling and after doing my research decided that seeking my master’s in social work will provide me with the skills and knowledge I need to be able to help those in need. One of my undergraduate professor’s brought a guest speaker Christine Morales from Rutgers School of Social Work admissions and she shared the opportunities I will gain from attending Rutgers Social Work program. 

What were you most excited about in coming to the School and the program? Most nervous about?

I was most excited about the opportunity of not only learning in a classroom but being able to practice those skills in my field placement. I was most nervous of entering the program without any experience in social work.

What are your areas of research or professional interest?

My areas of professional interest are working with mental and behavioral health.  I believe in this area of the social work field there are many stigmas about those with a mental illness and I would like to break those barrels and be a voice for those with a mental illness.

What drew you to this particular area?

I believe what personally drew me into this particular area is I have always loved working with children and throughout my experience many of those children have family members who suffer from a mental illness. I would like to be able to provide the support for those families.

List 5 words that friends would use to describe you.

Attentive, thoughtful, caring, humble, and patient. 

Do you have a favorite quote or phrase that serves as your persona creed or motto?

Have courage and be kind.

What are you reading/watching currently? 

I just finished reading Thirteen Reasons Why by Jar Asher, it is a young adult fiction novel that addresses bullying in schools and how it can lead to suicide.  I was recently introduced to the show The Fosters, and it provides an insight of the challenges foster children experience. The show addresses many social issues such as sexual orientation, culture, race and how our foster system works.

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