It’s often said that experience is the greatest teacher.
If you are a student in an MSW program, we hope that you may
benefit from the lessons learned by students who’ve already
gone through the UB MSW program.
Former students offer advice on self-care
Make friends in the program. Having someone to call who knows
exactly what you are going through can help you get through
anything. Also, don’t procrastinate with assignments. That
will only increase your stress and make things worse.
Make sure you take time for yourself to do something active
each day. You will be more productive if a little bit of time is
taken each day away from school and work.
Make time for yourself…for whatever you need. Just make
time for yourself!
Learn assertive communication skills. Knowing and practicing
these skills helps me get my needs met effectively as well as to
resolve conflict with others, thus reducing stress and improving
the quality of life and relationships.
Make self-care a priority. I think if I had known how hard it
would be to make time for self-care, I would have made it more of a
priority. It is not actually having the tools for self-care. It is
about having the ability to make the time for self-care.
Saying ‘no’ doesn’t mean that you are failing
at something. Instead, take it as proof that you are doing well.
The MSW program will really push you to the limit and it is crucial
to be able to say no to things in order to carve out some sanity
Take time each day to be mindful. Enjoy the little things and
the little moments. The little moments will make you aware of the
big truths in life and make you aware of where beautiful things and
peace come from. Take grad school one day and one assignment at a
time. No matter what, it somehow always gets done.
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