Blanca Quesada graduated from the MSW program at CSUN in May, 2007. She earned her BA in Chicano Studies from CSUN also. Blanca’s first-year field placement was at Children’s Hospital working in Diabetes Research. Her second-year field placement was at SEIU, the Service Employer’s International Union.
Q. How did you first learn about the profession of social work?
A. I learned about the field of Social Work while working at The Children of the Night shelter for runaways and exploited children. This job site allowed me to encounter and discuss the field of Social Work with many social workers who at that time, were attempting to help adolescents return home or find a proper (living) placement. This experience inspired me to become a Social Worker.
Q. What have been the most valuable aspects of your educational experiences so far in the CSUN MSW program?
A. I had many valuable and positive experiences while acquiring my MSW degree. I definitely appreciate the dedication and passion the faculty had in making sure we had the proper tools to be successful in the field. Their hard work in making sure our program was a success was an inspiration to me to do well and one day return and teach in the department. Being part of the first graduating class, I had the opportunity to get to know my fellow classmates and instructors (in the small setting) and establish the bonds of long time friendships. I value the education I received because it opened my eyes to the many opportunities within the field of Social Work and it allowed me to personally grow as an individual, a woman, and a mother.
Q. What are your post-graduate goals?
A. Initially, I had wanted to work with adolescents, but after learning about the many different macro and mezzo aspects within social work, I decided that I will begin my career in school social work, moving into a hospice setting, and then macro work as an education and community advocate. I look forward to returning to the CSUN MSW department as a part-time professor!