Author Archives: Sarah Smith

About Sarah Smith

Greetings! My name is Sarah Smith and I am in my second year of the Mountain Area Distance Education program through the UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work. I have the pleasure of living in Asheville while participating in the program and take full advantage of the beautiful mountains and unique community. During my first year, I continued my work as the Outreach Coordinator of the YMCA of Western North Carolina working with low income children and their families within the Asheville community. For my second year, I am inspired to begin my field placement for CarePartners Hospice in Asheville. I hope to continue in Direct Practice with Families and Children. Although my love for Asheville is genuine, I was born and raised in Ohio! You can find me at, or your local coffee house. Cheers.


For me, this has been a year of getting comfortable with the uncomfortable, a year of vulnerability, and a year of change that I did not willingly accept. While working in palliative care, supporting others who are dealing with loss … Continue reading

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Halfway There! Halfway Where?

After a life changing experience in India with the School of Social Work, I felt rejuvenated, determined and motivated to start back for the spring semester 2011.  I realized I am officially halfway through the UNC School of Social Work … Continue reading

Posted in Academics, Field Work


One of the great benefits of graduate school is study abroad.  In December, the School of Social Work is heading to INDIA!  We are very excited about this chance to travel and learn in a different atmosphere but before we … Continue reading

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Palliative care: Could it be your social work path?

At my field placement with CarePartners, I have come across a new, interesting type of social work; palliative care.  The more involved I get, the more I recognize that this seems to be a slightly unknown or rather misunderstood line … Continue reading

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Autumn in Asheville

Oh Asheville!  What a place to live.  Even during my graduate school experience, I have found ways to enjoy the great outdoors for a little stress relief in the Mountains.  Whether it be attending local art and music festivals, camping … Continue reading

Posted in I ♥ North Carolina

Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

With three days of field under my belt, I have already rallied through a whirlwind of experiences.  For those of you just starting or continuing a field placement, I would like to share a few words from a very wise … Continue reading

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A New Year, A New World

Welcome back students! In particular, my heart goes out to the new Distance Education (DE) class here in Asheville, who started up last Friday.  As I begin my second year in the DE program, I reflect on my experience last … Continue reading

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