It is cliche, but to say time has flown by is an understatement. Arriving to the school in August 2009, I felt like I was facing a huge uphill battle riddled with any number of obstacles to face. While the obstacles definitely presented themselves, the dedication and professionalism of the faculty and other students to the SSW and the field of social work provided a much-needed (much-appreciated) resource for succeeding. While it hasn’t been easy, the goal of obtaining the MSW has more than exceeded my expectations of personal and professional growth. In 4-weeks, we will have the 3 letters closely following our printed names that we’ve sought for 21 months. But more so, and I feel this is true for many of us, we will have completed a major step in better understanding ourselves, our peers, our communities, and the conflicts within them all. Most importantly, we will be confident in not only finding solutions for those conflicts, but creating them when none are available.
This is a message of resilience for those interested in joining the field of social work, and a message of congratulations to those prepared to embark on the next step.