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Last month I attempted to take the social work exam and I had not taken a social work class or exam since 1987.  This post is to help others on how I did it.  I went on Amazon and I purchased several study guides, each with practice tests and I also bought a set of flash cards.  I also paid for a 90 day subscription to access to practice tests online.  I honestly only found the time to do these tests in study mode, not actual/time mode.  Having said all of this, it was the combination of the above that helped me pass the exam the first time after 30 years being out of college.  I have the books, flash cards, etc and I am willing to sell them if any of you are interested.  I feel like the more questions I had access too the better for this exam.  I did not think the exam was easy, I honestly was freaking out a bit as I wasn’t 100 percent sure on the first question.  I was the oldest person in the room taking an exam and I was the last to leave.  It was an eye opener and one that I will never want to have to do again, so glad I passed the first time as while I was taking it I was thinking to myself “what the heck was I thinking”.  I had no difficulties getting through the test in 4 hours.  I started feeling a bit better about many of the answers I chose after going through the test a second time.  I narrowed down most questions to two answers but it was from those two that I often thought to myself if could go either way, depending upon the circumstances truly not listed/covered in the question.  But, I just kept referring myself back to practice questions that I did in exam mode.  Prior to the exam I checked in with passport, and social security card, they took my phone from me and put it in a sealed envelope but then gave it back to me to put in my purse  but they said they had to open it after the exam, I couldn’t.  I locked my purse in a locker with their staff watching me and I took off my longer necklace around my neck per his instructions too.  They scanned each palm of mine at least 5 times before I could even enter the exam area.  They re-scanned them again on my way out, proof that it was me that entered and took the exam.  I was so relieved to see the YOU PASSED on the screen after I exited out of the exam.  170 questions, 20 are not counted, they are just sample text questions the board is trying to decide whether to use on future exams, and I had read that most need 93 to 106 right, depending upon the difficulty of the test you get.  I passed the exam by 11:)

 

NOTE:  I HAVE GENTLY USED LSW EXAM STUDY GUIDE BOOKS, /FLASH CARDS, ETC for SALE!  message me her if interested!  i’ll ship to you!

 

Shelley

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i took these images earlier this month…i can proudly share that Amelia is now represented by Moore, Wehmann and Caryn modeling agencies out of Minneapolis.  i love helping out with this process!!  you all would be SHOCKED of Amelia’s age…just saying, she looks FABuLOUS!

 

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it’s always a delight to have Ashley in front of my lens!  i am posting these late…life has been crazy over here!  i can proudly share here that i passed the ASWB social work exam last thursday after not taking a college social work class since 1987…it’s been a stressful month!  i’m not giving up photography, i just hope to do both part time in the winter months and scale back a few shoots this summer, time will tell:)

 

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I had the pleasure of having Kerregyn in front of my lens in January, but with my father in law’s funeral, etc I was slow to post!  We had such a great time and I am pleased to share that she already has several modeling agency interviews after her shoot with me and I submitted her private gallery to the reputable agencies for a private viewing:)  I will keep you posted as to whom she signs with!  Here’s Kerregyn!  muah:  amber heckert of lovelee looks

 

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Where have I been?  Well, since Christmas Eve I have been dealing with family stuff.  My father in law with Parkinson’s took a fall and he was my mother in law’s caregiver as she has Alzheimer’s and they were living in the home.  I spent 20 some days in the various hotels in the Sioux Falls area while Todd dealt with his mom in their home each morning and night after spending 13 hours a day in the hospital by his side.  We were unable to find two beds in any facility in the Sioux Falls area so we medically shuttled them to the Minneapolis area as we didn’t want to separate them.  Les lived 20 days in the nursing home with Connie before he passed, he passed much earlier than we expected.  So, we then tackled the funeral prep by going back and forth to Sioux Falls too.  I am pleased to say that funeral cards have now all been written and we are breathing a bit easier in our own bed, etc.  Connie is adjusting to the nursing home but they have gotten her to shower ONCE since January 7th.  I am on them weekly re:  her hygiene, but with her Alzheimer’s she’s refusing.  She was extremely dirty for Todd in the house too.  I’ve been reading up on it all and many Alzheimer’s patients are afraid of water, etc etc.  Having said all of that I’ve been busy touring other housing options for Connie, memory care all inclusive facilities, more equipped to handle her hygiene, etc.  She is in a home that does work with Alzheimer’s patients, but we just want better.  I fell in love with BeeHive in Excelsior and fingers crossed we can get her moved soon.  I have the wheels in process!  Anyways, Todd and I are at the home daily, or every other day to see her.  Plus, their financial paperwork stuff, etc.  It’s just time consuming.  I only shot one shoot in January?

 

I am back…I’ve been doing commercial head shots but I don’t typically post those, etc.  I will share that throughout all of this with his parents Todd said I missed my calling.  I have applied to re-instate my social work license and i am excited.  I think I will wait for my license after the exam and then do social work temp or on call, to make sure that if i’d take a position i’d love it.  I now have greater flexibility with our kiddos at the ages of 16 and 18, both drivers, etc.  Who knows…I don’t plan on quitting photography, I just want to give back in another way, and winter months are slower for me and social work will keep me busy and I am excited to work outside the house a bit for social reasons, I work so much behind my desk editing alone the rest of the year!

 

Anyways, nothing drastic…just a little mid life crisis decision that i’m excited about!

 

Shelley

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I threw up a need for a model signed with an agency on facebook and i got a huge response!  But, I had to go with Kate as I drove her/Logan to preschool every day for a year when they were 4.  Here’s gorgeous Kate/commercial shoot/wehmann model and talent!  I used my new continuous lights on these….my first victim and they were oh, so patient with me.  I used a different bw from my norm to edit…the lights give these images a new look for me too….yikes:)  and i also only watermarked bw edits…something new for me too:)  lots of more mature looks for kate!  lots of serious expressions…new stuff for her portfolio!

 

 

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i had the priviledge of having wyatt’s older sister in front of my lens 5 years ago…the summer prior to her senior year and she just graduated from college.  this time it was his turn.  i need to go into freaky fast edit mode on his edits this weekend as orono’s deadline is next wednesday!  so check back in soon for more of wyatt:)

 

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i am plugging away on ashley’s edits here and there, in between my senior clients!  after my senior season is over i go into model mode…we did lunch together at granite city in maple grove…and a mini, mini, mini impromptu shoot on their patio area!

 

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