School of Social Work Graduates


Ruth Fagan-Wilen, Doctorate, Social Work, 1995

I began commuting from San Antonio to UT Austin in August 1990 to work on my doctorate in social work — this journey continued weekly from that date until May 1995! Five years of driving the IH-35 corridor (otherwise known as “the luge”) can take its toll. In fact, besides finally achieving my goal of the doctorate, . . . Read more

Tiffany Carpenter, Master's, Clinical Social Work, 2006

I do not know even where to begin. I can distinctly remember when I began thinking about attending graduate school. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in applied sociology, unsure of what I wanted to do with my life. I started my career working at a health insurance company as a product design specialist. While I loved the company . . . Read more

Vanessa Robles, Master's, Clinical Social Work, 2006

I will never forget the long hours of reading or writing 30+ page papers. It is an experience that I continue to reflect on because if I could manage grad school, a part time job, an internship and a relationship at the same time then I can handle the craziness that life brings me today. My professors in the program inspired me . . . Read more


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