Marwa Mallah, BASW - 2017
“No one has ever become poor by giving” –Anne Frank
When did you decide to pursue a degree in social work?
It wasn’t until my high school graduation that I truly knew what I wanted to pursue in life. I had been admitted into MSU as a human biology major (crazy, I know). I didn’t know much about what I wanted, besides to help others. After talking with a family member, who works as a school social worker, I began to do my research and was hooked. I was so impressed with how broad and amazing the field truly was. After meeting with a social work advisor, I was all ears. After taking my first social work class, SW 200, I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I look back now and realize that there isn’t much more I would want to do. I’m interested in creating social change within our world.
What is your dream job upon graduation with a degree in Social Work?
It’s been my dream for a while now to work inside a children’s hospital as a pediatric oncology social worker. The hospital atmosphere is one that I’m both familiar with and enjoy. Being able to enhance the emotional well-being of children and their families would be a dream come true. I also find it important that I continue to strive for social justice throughout both my career and life.
Do you have any advice for others considering social work?
The advice I’m giving is advice I wish someone had given me when considering Social Work. Explore the field. Social Work is more than just Child Protective Services. Get in touch with advisors and faculty. Take risks and enroll in courses that you think would be interesting. Connect yourself with other social work students and, lastly, stay open minded. There are so many great opportunities in MSU’s School of Social Work, take advantage of them!
What has been your favorite class? Why?
My favorite class has been SW 492 taught by both Dr. Sheryl Kubiak and teaching assistant, Edita M. The class was located at Cooper Street Correctional Facility in Jackson, MI, where we spent three hours every Wednesday with inmates discussing and analyzing policy. The class has left an everlasting impact on me. The experience was incredible. I learned so much more than what was in the books we read. (which mind you, were excellent)
This class has forced me to reevaluate the way I view the world and transformed my thought process and how I look at the criminal justice system as a whole. I would recommend it to anyone who can fully commit themselves throughout the semester and has an interest in both policy reform and the criminal justice system.