It’s Social Work Month!

 

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Hey all,

It’s Social Work Month, so I feel obligated to post something.

As a current Social Work student, I am finding the education and the field practicums rewarding and guiding me to what I know I want to do in my future.

My work with children in a school setting has helped me understand the challenges not only kids’ face, but also what the parents are facing as well. Parents are who teach their children right and wrong, how to make decisions for yourself, and some basic general education outside of the classroom (depending on if they’re homeschooled or not obviously).

I’m hoping my next practicum year will help my increase my love for the field. Though its challenging most days, it’s also very rewarding. If you have any questions regarding the field, feel free to ask me! I love telling people my experiences and why I find them beneficial.

Heres a link to show more about Social Work Month!
http://www.naswnc.org/?287

The End of My First Year as A Grad Student

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Well it’s officially over, there, I said it, “I survived my first year of grad school”.
Except for the fact for my DSM final I heard that I misdiagnosed the one scenario I was most worried about, so we will see how many points I get for finishing it at least.
I also may have passed in my other final paper a little late, by late I mean three hours late, so not terrible but I won’t be waiting to the very last minute to do it again. (I always say that)

It’s been a whirlwind of emotions: happy, stressed, sad, freaking out, all the other ones I could possible imagine, but I can say I survived, and that I feel confident with moving forward.

This fall will be a start of a busy year, starting my internship, on top of classes and still working as much as I can.
I like what I do, working with children on the Autism spectrum. It’s been rewarding to see what I can do for those who need it the most.

A little advice to those who want to get a leg upĀ in grad school: talk to your professors.
Get to know them, I know in a smaller program its much easier, but even asking questions in class makes sure they know you’re willing to learn and want to be there (even if you don’t that day, trust me we all have those days).
Grad school has taught me one thing: to stay in touch with your teachers and classmates. I’m glad I go to a smaller program because the students around me are understanding that life happens, and they’ve been a great support system through school and life, and thats more than I could ask for.

Grad School Has Become Real Life

I had my practicum interview for grad school last week. All I have to say is, I got super lucky with where they are placing me.
The people I’m going to work under seem really hard working and passionate when it comes to helping the students in their district.

A quick background for you: I’ve always worked with kids, whether it be in a barn or a school setting, I absolutely love it. Lately it’s been more stressful than not due to working with children on the spectrum, but I will admit I’ve learned a lot about myself as well as the kids.

I enjoy the challenge this new job has brought me, and connected to this challenge is working as a part time student in a Masters of Social Work Program. My parents were right (shh.. don’t tell them I admitted it) when they said school is a full time job. Even though I’m in the part-time program, I’m constantly thinking about what has to be done, and working towards doing my best. Given the opportunity to work in a school setting again is exciting for me. My previous experiences have been joyful, and I’m hoping with my higher level of education I can assist those I’ll be working with to better the counseling programs available.

Grad school has taught me how to better organize my time, how to focus on the task at hand, as well as teaching me that I do actually remember some things from undergrad (a shocker, I know). This program is going to last for two more years, so I need to make the best of it.