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Student Spotlight: Kelsey Cardin, MSSW Online Extended Study

Kelsey Cardin is in her third year in the MSSW Online Extended Study program with a concentration in Evidence Based Interpersonal Practice.

What would you like to do after you finish your degree?
I would like to continue working with children and adolescents. I am not sure about the setting yet, but could see myself in many different places.

Did you always know you wanted to go into social work?
No. At first, I was dead set on continuing with my Psychology studies, but I realized Social Work seemed to be more empowering and flexible.

Are you part of any student organizations?
I am a CSW ambassador.

Where is your field placement?
My field placement is at Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. It is a non-profit across many counties in West Tennessee. I actually got the opportunity to do my generalist and concentration year here and it has been great. The best part is seeing progress in my clients and making children and adolescents feel safe.

If someone was thinking about majoring in Social Work at UT, what would you tell them?
Don’t hesitate. The program is great and the teachers are some of the best around.

Anything else you’d like to add?
I am an open book if anyone has questions.