After two years of graduate school at Duke, I’ve moved over to UNC-CH. Of course, there are a lot of differences between the schools, but I’m not going to go there. Too much rivalry to risk that. Instead, I want to speak to the amount of practical application I’ve found while at the School of Social Work. While most of the previous program I was enrolled in at Duke was theoretical and heady–and I loved it–the time came to see how I could think differently. So far, my classes have given me the space to articulate what education I’ll need and how I could gain the practical skill set to do the sort of work I desired to do: facilitation, program development, organizing and strategic change. I had the theology to inspire and help me persist, but now I’m developing the abilities to work effectively and competently within communities and organizations.