Part-Time MSW Student Spotlight: Jennah Ludwig 

The Part-Time MSW Program allows 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. 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.

Photo of Jennah Ludwig standing in front of the state capital
Jennah Ludwig

Job title and organization:
I am a shelter Advocate at Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS). 

Year in the program:
st year Advanced Standing   

Focus area:
Direct Practice Mental Health

Future job interest:
I feel a calling toward violence prevention. A few future vocational dreams of mine include serving as a child forensic interviewer/pediatric trauma therapist and opening my own coffee shop that raises funds for violence prevention and offers vocational training for survivors of DV.

Why did you choose to the Part-Time Program?
I originally applied for the full time program, however, the part-time program has truly been the best opportunity I could have asked for. It allows me an incredible amount of flexibility in my schedule. This has been so beneficial during these tumultuous times and has empowered me to take care of my own mental health as well. 

How would you describe your experience in the Part-Time MSW Program?
I am LOVING my time in the Part-Time MSW program. The smaller class sizes have also been a huge benefit to me.
It has been awesome getting to know, learn, and grow with people who care deeply about the same things as I do. I knew I was in the right place when I spent time in the social work library on campus. It was an incredible feeling, taking a moment to be aware of all the books around me, and knowing that there are a plethora of people (past and present) who have also dedicated their lives to the same passions I have for social work. 

What has been your favorite course so far in the program and why? 
My favorite course thus far has been Advanced Social Work Practice in Mental Health (SOCWORK 835) with Brenda Heideman. It has been so exciting to learn more of why different theories of therapeutic engagement are successful. In her class, I have been able to learn valuable skills that I can apply to any career path with clients.

How do you think the Part-Time MSW Program has prepared you for entering the field of social work?
Even though this is only my first year in the program, I already feel infinitely more prepared to fully enter the social work field than I did before starting. The class discussions are so vibrant and full of depth, the course materials and information are interesting as well as practical, and I am making a ton of meaningful connections with others. After each class I have had the opportunity to take, I continue to feel exponentially more confident and excited for my future in social work.

What would you say to someone who is considering the program?
I would absolutely encourage someone considering the program to apply. It has been nothing but an immensely positive experience for me and I want to share that with anyone who is interested. Run, don’t walk, to start your application!

What UW support services have you used during your time in the program and how did they help you?
During my time in the program thus far, I have felt empowered enough to seek out counseling services through UW. In SOCWORK 385 we learned about how you can really only guide your clients as far as you have gone. It has helped me to greater value the importance of my own mental health and how that can lead me to better serve others.