Appendix 1 The following is a list of sample questions and prompts that may
be used by programs in developing guidelines for students to write
their admissions essay. These questions and prompts were culled
from admissions materials provided by members of the National
Task Group on BSW Gatekeeping Standards.Programs may want to include in the admissions materials a
statement to the effect that admissions essays are confidential and
will be treated as such. Addressing the confidential nature of
shared information not only models expected professional behavior but also encourages students to be more candid in their
responses to the questions.
Questions for Student Admissions Essay
|1. ||Discuss the major reasons for your interest in the profession
of social work.|
|2. ||Describe some of the successes you have achieved in school,
work, and in your personal life.|
|3. ||Describe any barriers you have confronted in pursuing your
education, work, and personal goals (e.g., physical disability,
lack of funds, family crisis, etc.) and discuss how you worked
to overcome those barriers.|
|4. ||Discuss the life events or experiences that have contributed to
your interest in social work. You may wish to refer to family
background and circumstances, work experiences; experiences as a consumer of social services provided by social
workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, or clergy; influence of
education in general or of specific teachers; talents or skills; or|
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Book title: Gatekeeping in BSW Programs.
Contributors: Patty Gibbs - Editor, Eleanor H. Blakely - Editor.
Publisher: Columbia University Press.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2000.
Page number: 381.
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