Why Air Force Veteran Craig Theisen (MS’15) Chose Social Work over Other Professions

November 3, 2014 @ 10:51 pm

As an Air Force pilot for more than 20 years, Craig Theisen could have gone into commercial aviation, but he felt he would not have learned anything about himself or the world that he did not already know. He also looked into business school—but then realized that there was something missing for him in that community. Looking back on his military career, he realized he enjoyed being a commander and taking care of people. He did some more research and then his path became clear: he would become a social worker and apply to the Columbia School of Social Work. On Veteran's Day 2014, we salute his progress. He is now in his second year specializing in clinical practice and interning at a veteran’s hospital. He also serves as co-leader of the School’s Military Social Work Caucus.