I didn’t choose social work. Social work chose me. Rigggghht.
How many times have you all heard that one? As much as I would like to give credit to an awesome social worker, I too am a victim to the cliche. See, what had happened was. Social work just popped up. In this hey girl, hey moment of taking medical sociology courses and health promotion, I was introduced to the wonders of Social Work (inserts stars and glitter).
Like most decisions I have made in my life, I pretty much stumbled across social work. Prior to my enlightenment, I associated social workers with child welfare agencies. I could not fathom how I would be able to utilize my skills in the profession. Luckily, my medical sociology and public health courses highlighted the role of social workers in community development and patient care. Interdisciplinary courses are the real MVPs.
After educating myself on the versatility of the MSW degree, I was extremely impressed at the endless possibilities and significance social workers have in our society. Yes, social workers are employed at child welfare agencies, but they are also educators, therapists, researchers, program creators and evaluators, activists and so much more. After reading biographies, research and literary perspectives of social workers in various fields, I was ready to sign up for graduate school.
I chose to obtain my MSW degree because I wanted to go beyond the cliche of helping people. I wanted to create programs that focused on self-esteem building for young girls and women of color, provide direct service to the d/Deaf community, host meaningful and educational health forums that address the needs of rural communities and a long list of other actionable tasks that would truly help people.