Best Friends Born from Social Work Studies

Best Friends Born from Social Work Studies

The Maryville Online Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) program is all about connection for its students. Through hands-on experiences focused on diversity, self-care, social justice, and generalist social work practice, there’s ample opportunity for enrolled students to engage with a community of like-minded learners and professionals in projects based on real-world scenarios.

Such was the case of Samantha and Alli, who were both drawn to the online program from various pathways of life – yet became best friends through educational discovery and a passion for advocacy.

Samantha Found Flexibility and Accessibility in Maryville

Samantha initially struggled with the decision to go back to school. As a mother, she was torn over the possibility of leaving her children for long periods of time. This separation anxiety was fueled by her childhood; Samantha still had fresh memories of how her father returned to school in her youth.

Though it was beneficial for his career and education, she didn’t enjoy that he was often away from home and preoccupied with his studies.

“I have three kids, and I was like, ‘I don’t want to do this to my kids, I don’t want to be gone,’ ” she said.

Alli initially studied psychology, but her studies were halted due to a lackluster college experience at a different university. Displeased, she sought to transfer. Early in her evaluation, she found Maryville through a Google search.

Alli was intrigued, so she applied – and was accepted. But she still had her doubts.

“I really came into this thinking that [Maryville] was going to be as bad as my experience at [my previous school], but I was trying to have an open mind,” said Alli, thinking back to those moments.