If I were to go back and tell my seventeen year old self that I would be graduated with my master’s in social work degree, have moved out and started a life away from home, and already have a job I would have never believed it. Thinking back to when I was seventeen, I was a nervous wreck- I was stuck in my bubble of a home town, applying for colleges, touring colleges, and just trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I convinced myself that I would not get into any colleges, I would be stuck at home for the rest of my life, and I would never find a career path that I enjoyed.
When I finally decided on a college and a major, I was hesitant but ready to go. My four years of my undergraduate degree invoked a lot of experiences for me- academically, emotionally, and intellectually. I learned who my true friends were, a direction for my career path, and a lot more of who I am as an individual. I was a different person than the nervous seventeen year old I once was.
Going into my graduate year to get my Master’s degree, I had direction. I was confident in my ability to become a social worker, I had moved away from home permanently, and I was ready to probe my mind even further. This year was a difficult one- working two jobs, interning, and going to school full time. Somehow, I was able to conquer this as well. These experiences made me stronger and I was surprisingly ready for the “real world”.
Here I am now, back at my senior year internship as a staff member. The past five years have led me to become the person I am today, and I can confidently say that I believe this is the best version of myself I have ever seen. I now take opportunities without hesitation and am not afraid to ask for help if need be.
Needless to say, I was able to become this person although I put myself down in the very beginning. It is this that I want everyone to realize. At one moment you may feel as though life will never work in your favor, but if you keep your head up and persevere then you will find yourself and your passions one day.
-Gina (Staff Generalist)
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