Saturday, April 28, 2012

Wrapping up Yet Another Chapter as a Social Work Student

I am about to conclude another semester as a Social Work major.  This blog has thus far been a journey of self-discovery and to explore the multiple systems in my life, both within me and outside of me, allowing myself to finally include being adopted in that overall life equation, my Social Work experience included.  Part of finding myself was finding a career.  It wasn't until I was in my early-mid twenties that I began to recognize the talents that I had that I could transform into a fulfilling career that fulfilled an important value of mine: helping others.

I interned at an Information and Referral (I & R) agency, that also provides direct and basic needs assistance, this entire semester.  I learned a lot.  I saw a lot.  I was not only able to recognize the various systems at play in the lives of my clients and the intersectionality of various elements of diversity that either presented strengths or challenges for them (or sometimes both) but I also learned first hand that some situations simply involve ambiguity. You help the best way that you can, knowing that few solutions are the perfect or ideal answer but hope to make an improvement in the life of someone with emergent or chronic poverty anyway.  

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Moving on up! (Again)


I passed my test and got my stripe for my orange belt.  Believe it or not, it is a whole new belt level, even though it's still the same orange belt with a piece of white tape on it (the fancy striped belts don't start until brown and red).

Next step, green!