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MSW Student's Advice Featured in New York Times


Contact: Emily Williams

Posted Sept. 23, 2010

First-year MSW student Melanie Carlson's letter to the editor giving advice to college freshman was published in the October 2, 2010 edition of the New York Times.

"It's what I would tell myself if I could go back," Carlson said.

The article "Ditch Your Laptop, Dump Your Boyfriend," published on Sept. 25, 2010 "seemed fluffy," Carlson said. She filled in a gap that the authors of the article overlooked—students who must work a job while going to college. "I advise that you segment your large assignments so you don't find yourself in the precarious position of having to stay up all night to complete them, and in turn fall behind in other areas," she wrote.

Carlson also recommended daily exercise and to take a day off every week, if possible. She also reminded readers that learning is a lifelong process. "There are artificial time lines created in academia, and there is no such thing as permanent failure," she said.

Carlson got her bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia (sociology and film studies). After leaving the area for 3 years, Carlson returned to get her MSW so that she can pursue a career in the social service industry.

Read Carlson’s letter