Putting the “Social” in Social Work

OK. So it’s week 4 of the semester and you are really into the swing of things. You’ve exchanged contact information with a few people in your classes, have scouted out a good study spot on or near campus, and you’ve got a basic idea of how to navigate the Chapel Hill Transit System. You’ve made it to all of your classes, finished all of your readings (well done!), and have a working draft of your next assignment. So far so good. You have mastered the basics of grad school.

Alright, good work. Your next task:  Get out into the community and have some fun! It’s time to put the “social” in social work.

If you are living in the Chapel Hill-Carborro area, your first stop should be chapelboro.com, a first-class website for tracking state and local politics, following Tar Heel sports, or exploring new and exciting community activities. Don’t miss Chapelboro’s Calendar for up-to-date listings of local lectures, performances, 5K run opportunities, and gallery events. Many of these are free and open to the public. For those of you living in Durham or beyond, look for the Indy, a free weekly newspaper that is chock full of details on what is going on throughout the Triangle area.

Feel like being entertained? How about a night of music at Cat’s Cradle, a Broadway show at the Durham Center for the Performing Arts, or maybe go see your fellow students perform at the PlayMakers Repertory Company

If you are from the area, perhaps you’ve got this all figured out.  Isn’t it time you introduced a new friend to your favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant (Carrburritos? Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen?) or maybe shared the secret of the best mountain biking trails in the region?

At the very least, get involved in SoWoSO (our Student Organization). Join a caucus! Attend meetings! Being involved with SoWoSO will ensure that you are always in the know about what is going on around the school, and it is one sure way to find out what’s going on this weekend.

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About Debbie Hughes

I am a second-year full-time grad student in the MSW program with an emphasis in Community Management and Policy Practice. I hope to carry what I learn at Carolina into a career in social justice advocacy.
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