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Senior Morgan Larch did not begin her collegiate studies at the University of South Carolina, but this spring she will graduate with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from the College of Social Work. Her passion for helping others has become a call to action. Larch and fellow BSW student Mary Wilder are currently collecting socks, gloves, scarfs, clothes and toiletry items for Columbia’s homeless.

You can leave items in the donation box across from the second-floor restrooms in Hamilton College, or make a monetary donation. Click here to watch ABC 6 Columbia’s story on the Spread the Warmth Winter Clothing Drive.  

Why did you choose the USC College of Social Work?

I started at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, where I wanted to help people but did not want to be a teacher. I researched different majors and schools in the area and found social work, but the only thing I knew about it was paperwork. It did not seem interesting to me, but the more I researched, the more I realized it might be a good opportunity for me. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but it has become something I love.

What do you enjoy most about the College of Social Work?

I enjoy my cohort. We share the same classes, successes and frustrations and learn from each other. For example, I have a lot of support and backing from my cohort with the clothing drive. They also receive the same support for their events. I did not realize there were so many people like me, but it’s a great give-and-take relationship.

Where are you completing field education work?

I’m currently at Palmetto Health Richland Springs, a psychiatric and substance abuse facility in Columbia. When you do field education work, you apply what you learned and realize the importance of classroom education. Everything I learned from my intro and junior classes came together. I did not realize this until I started my field education.

What is one skill anyone interested in social work career should possess?

The skill I have learned over the past few years is empathy. Even if you have not been in the same situation as someone else, chances are you have had similar feelings, and you can draw on those experiences when talking with others. Social work is based on connections and relationships. These are essential when working with clients, and I have found empathy is a great relationship builder.

What advice would you give future social work students?

Social workers do not always get the appreciation, which is fine, because that is not what we are seeking. But working behind the scenes is important, which a lot of people do not realize. Whether you want to start your social work journey in service learning or volunteering, there are different social work avenues, such as research and clinical settings. It is not just a linear path, but several different directions where you can take your career.

What are you plans after graduation?

I plan to earn my Master of Social Work (MSW) at USC though the Advanced Standing Program. That was part of the reason why I chose USC. It was appealing to me because I can receive my degree in 11 months. I like how the BSW curriculum prepares you for the MSW program and the field education work continues. It will be intensive, but I am excited and prepared. 

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