Luckily, I managed to land a job as a camp counselor, but something was still missing. Finally, I realized that I wanted to go back to school. Going back to school drastically changed my life. My work ethic, free time, and self – esteem have all changed my daily life for the better. When I was in high school I think it is safe to say I was a pretty good student.
Without a doubt, through this discussion, I learnt more about my groupmates and it was an eye-opener to hear different perspectives on similar issues. To sum up, this reflection journal was a continued reflection about my service learning journey with Beyond Social Services thus far. As mentioned, throughout the sessions I was able to learn about myself as well as my chosen community. I hope that this learning process would continue as I carry on with my service
I have learned how to have a respect for diversity. Social workers serve a diverse array of clients in many different sectors of society. Diversity offers many challenges, but it also offers strengths that can be utilized to overcome obstacles. A social worker who understands this can effectively service clients. This placement has also helped me to understand the values of the social work profession in a multitude of ways.
Through the educational experiences I receive from the MSW program I plan to contribute a professional, eager, and hardworking student in pursuit of a higher education. The educational experiences I received through my BSW program opened me up the scope of social work and provided me with the basic needs of a generalist social worker practicing in any field. The program was very student-centered to all my educational needs and this trait passed through me as I became engaged in an active community. I too made sure that each client and their problem were the center of my focus. When I started practicing my skills, through a field placement, my goal was to make people aware of a social and/or economic problem that deserved some type of justice.
The lesson that College 101 taught me that helped me most, was the lesson on how to avoid procrastination. I have struggled with procrastination all throughout high school. Learning how to avoid procrastination will help me all throughout college and will help me when I have a job. It will teach me to do things on time and early, so that I am fully prepared to succeed. Another skill that helped me tremendously, is learning how to properly take notes.
Germayne Eaton Admission Essay - Topic A I am a very intelligent person, yet my recent grades did not reflect this. I have a fear of stepping out of my comfort zone which often causes me to settle for mediocrity. This fear is what caused me to pick a school that I knew would keep me in my comfort zone and led to me not challenging myself which began to negatively affect my work ethic during the past semester and was ultimately reflected in my grades. It is the reason I was not showcasing my intelligence and living up to my full potential which is why I would love to attend a school, such as A&M, that would take me out of my comfort zone, truly challenge me, and push me to do my best. I chose my current school because it was the safest option; it was cheaper than other schools, it was close to home, and it did not have the reputation of being very difficult, so I assumed that I could slack off.
My biggest expectation going into the internship at DFCS was that I would learn more about the social work/social services field and confirm that social work was truly what I wanted to spend my life doing as a career. I also expected to confirm my thought that DFCS was a place I would enjoy working and could see myself working in the future after graduate school. This internship met my personal expectations, however it happened in a way much differently than I expected. While the internship experience did confirm that I love social work and the social services field, it showed me that DFCS is not the agency that I want to work with as a career. I stand behind DFCS 100%; however, I don’t think I could work with DFCS long term.
My strengths are my acquired knowledge and skills acquired from my education, work experience, and foundational year field practicum experience. My case conceptualization skills allowed me to gather information, and assess the situation; then, transfer and apply learned social work practices, principles and theories into analytical problem solving utilizing the tenets of Critical Race Studies to offer innovative solutions that are both dynamic and relevant to the population I am serving. Equally important, is my cultural competence and sensitivity through direct interaction with people from diverse backgrounds both as clients and colleagues. In addition, I have established a strong network with my fellow student interns within my cohort that have allowed clients to connect with additional resources through my networking with my cohort. I have also benefitted from working collaboratively with federal judges, trial attorneys and defense attorneys, which enabled me to garner their trust and support, allowing me to further advocate for the clients I serve.
But once I got here my peer mentors guided me and helped calm me down when I picked my first classes. Once I found out about Eckerd College’s core requirements for graduation, I started to calm down knowing I could take classes I was interested in and at the same time fill requirements, if I didn’t choose to stay in that area of studies. For example, I was interested in Anthropology, but was unsure
But what really gave me a better picture was the last workshop where I heard a line that I’ll never forget, “your college degree isn’t just for you . . . it’s also for those who come after you.” That line told me that I needed to become, not only the best student, but the best person I could be, so I can set an example for others and be in the