A Time to Reflect

“Yes, in all my research, the greatest leaders looked inward and were able to tell a good story with authenticity and passion.”

-Deepak Chopra

December can be a really hectic time of year, especially for graduate students or applicants to graduate school programs. For me this last semester flew by in the blink the eye! Now that the semester has ended, I am using the few weeks before classes start back up to really reflect on what my true passions in social work are, and how I plan to use the rest of my time at the UNC School of Social work to turn those passions into actions.

I have also reached the point in the program where I have to decide whether to select a concentration in Direct Practice or Macro social work. For me, making the decision between the two concentrations was a tough one. All of my previous work experience has drawn on macro perspectives, and I feel that I truly thrive in the community organizing and program management aspects of social work. However, because I am hoping to work within the school systems and obtain the School Social Work certificate, I will have to select a concentration in Direct Practice. At first, it seemed daunting to shift out of my comfort zone into uncharted territories, but after a bit of reflection from my semester taking both direct practice and macro courses, I realized that the greatest opportunity for growth and new learning will come from exploring and advancing coursework within direct practice.

So, whether you’re a current student selecting your academic path, or you are in the application process for the UNC School of Social work, take some time in December and throughout the new year to reflect on what drew you to this program and what story it is you want to tell. For current applicants, the personal narrative is one of the most important factors for acceptance into the program. It is the opportunity to share your passions and tell the story of what will make you have incredible impact in the world of social work.

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain

Happy reflecting and happy holidays!

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