Part-Time Program Student Spotlight: Marie Nofodji

The Part-Time MSW Program is designed to allow students who are not able to pursue full-time study to work towards a master’s degree on a structured, time-extended basis with classes delivered in a hybrid manner: using in-person sessions and online technology.  Some courses are designed as blended courses with a mix of online learning and in-person sessions while others are taught as online courses. In-person sessions take place every other Saturday on our Madison campus.

headshot of Marie Nofodji
Marie Nofodji

Job title and organization:
Juvenile Court Counselor at the Dane County Juvenile Reception Center

Year in the program:
Second Year

Focus area:

Future job interest:
Social Worker for pediatric patients dealing with Sickle Cell Disease

Why did you choose to the Part-Time Program?
I wanted to be able to truly focus on my studies and attain good grades as I have many other commitments outside of school.

How would you describe your experience in the Part-Time MSW Program?
The word I would use to describe my experience is “enlightening.” I have gained greater knowledge and understanding about this profession.

What has been your favorite course so far in the program and why?
Diversity, Oppression and Social Justice in Social Work. The course examined the experiences of diverse populations with interpersonal and institutional oppression. I believe open discussions around diversity are important in today’s society, especially when it comes to future social workers hoping to begin their practice in the state of Wisconsin. I was impressed by how engaged my classmates, along with my professor, were in drawing implications for social policy.

How do you think the Part-Time MSW Program has prepared you for entering the field of social work?
It has challenged me in the way I perceive/approach situations and prepared me for advanced practice within the advanced generalist specialization. My classmates and I have been able to examine practice problems in the context of social work values. In addition, the program has allowed me to examine how I professionally think and feel while incorporating each of the identified social work competencies.

What would you say to someone who is considering the program?
Go for it! Do not worry about how much longer it will take to walk across the stage. Think about what is best for you, and only you.

What’s one effective (or ineffective) piece of advice for attending classes remotely during Covid?
Set a schedule and stick with it. Keep your motivation and when it gets harder, think of that final goal, the reason you are doing this in the first place. Though you may not be surrounded by them, always remember you have a greater support system out there. Whether that is family, friends, classmates, professor(s) and/or other MSW staff.