Saturday, May 10, 2008

Closing Summary

Well.... today is my graduation open house- now it is official- I have graduated with my Masters in Social Work. I really can't believe it actually.

Looking back on the past three years (that is how long it took) so much has happened. The first year of school I was only taking a few classes and nannying. That was an adventure....
The next year, I took a job working part-time at Chiropractor's office...also an adventure... and began school full-time. I was supposed to start an internship in December, but due to a mix up of paper work, I didn't start until March.

Thank God for that mix up, because it landed me at Children's Hope, which is exactly where I was supposed to be. Before I began interning, I have to admit- I was frustrated by the insane amount of hours we are required to intern without pay. BUT this frustration faded almost instantly as I fell in love with the work I was able to do at CHI, realized how valuable "practice" experience was, and genuinely looked forward to going into the office. The staff there has been wonderful to say the least. We all worked through some tremendous challenges, both personally and professionally, and I learned things I never expected to learn!

Being able to work in the international adoption field was such a confirming experience. I was finally able to be involved in something I had studied for years. Adoption, especially international, has been a long time interest of mine. Goes back to high school actually. I have no idea why I became so interested in international adoption while I was in high school, wasn't really a big thing then like it is now. I think I just thought it was fascinating- and no doubt, God gives us all specific interests and passions for a reason. I will spare you the details of my entire professional journey- and simply say God continued to place opportunities in my life that increased my desire to work with adoptive families. So, like I said, I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work at CHI- it was the perfect place for me to intern.

And of course- part of school- the classes. Oh all the classes. Some were amazing, some were annoying, but all in all I got a great education. Theories, diagnosis, methods of therapy, cultural competency, development, systems.... When I stop and think about it- I realize how much I really did learn. It is a great feeling to feel "equipped" to go into the professional world with a solid education backing you up.

Anyway, just thought I would post a little summary reflection. For me, and for you. Because now- it is done! I am no longer just a "student" I am an MSW :)


Melissa said...

WHOOHOO!!!! I'm so proud of you and humbled to have been part of your life as you walked through this journey. Now if only I could've made it to your party...

Kjersten said...

You know how happy and proud I am of you! I can't wait to see how God uses your new skill sets in the future. You are clearly meant to do GREAT things!

Kjersten (your future MSW friend!)

Greta said...

Yeah!!!!! I am so excited for you to be done and to go out and do what you have a passion for. Congrats!

PS - Gwen thought you had a lovely open house :)

andrea said...

Congrats Stace...I am so proud of you! Your future is bright and full of wonderful experiences!
Love you!

L said...

Yeah for finishing! Nicework lady. Sorry we had to miss your special day, we had two other events that we were a big part of and couldn't get away. But we DO want to connect when you're back in the country, and sometime I want to hear more about what you've learned re int'l adoption too. :) Can't wait to see the future ways that God keeps using you and your passions... :) lets hang soon... Liz