Meet Kari Nelson, a student in the UMD Department of Social Work.
Kari is a junior in the Bachelor of Social Work program.
What do you like most about your major/minor program(s)?
I have been so impressed with the wonderful instructors in the social work department! They are kind, knowledgeable, and helpful, and given the added stress and confusion that the pandemic has brought on in so many ways, they have been very understanding and flexible.
Why did you choose UMD?
I chose UMD because I've met several other people who have been in the school’s social work program, and each of them has raved about their experiences in it! I now know just what they were talking about, and I couldn’t be happier with my choice.
What has been your most meaningful experience at UMD so far?
My most meaningful experience at UMD has been hearing about what has prompted my peers in my BSW cohort to get into the field of social work. It is so interesting to hear about the experiences that others have had that led them to pick this career path, and I’ve been touched and inspired by their stories.
What advice do you have for incoming students?
My advice to incoming students would be to make time for self-care amongst completing your academic responsibilities—it is so important! Whether it’s connecting with social support, exercising, getting outdoors, meditation, or using a Saturday to binge-watch your favorite show on Netflix, getting in some you-time makes it easier to manage the stresses that can come along with being a college student and enhances your overall wellbeing.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy being outside! I love to hike, camp, hit the beach, and go to my cabin. In addition to that, I like cooking, playing games (cards, trivia, board games, pool), and snuggling up with my kitties, Paul and Sinatra!