I needed every single one of your comments. These are the nuggets that I shall put in my pocket to pull out whenever I need them:
"You have been through a lot with the addictions and loss in your family, and with that, you bring valuable insight. You know it's not "that simple," as you said. Being a social worker or a social work student isn't always simple, either, but to me, it is worth it." (from Linda G.)
"However, if you believe that you can make a difference in someone else's life, whether it be 1 person or a 1000, then you have fulfilled your mission as a Social Worker." (from Ash H.)
"I have grown in so many ways and learned a lot about myself by completing the MSW program. Even though it is a lot of work, and it is not by any means over once you graduate with your MSW, since you are always learning, it is something that you can carry with you forever." (J. M.)
"it's totally normal to be freaking out and feel overwhelmed. You'll get through this! " (Cecile)
"In my work I have to give help and attendance to people with addictions and/or psychological diseases.Some have become my clients because they cannot stand the tiring routine in their jobs.As far as I`m concerned I think social work is an exciting kind of work." (D.B. from Germany!)
"It seems like you were made for this type of work." (Betsy)
"Advice: rise as fast as you can and as far as you can in the profession to make the most money." (Anonymous)
"Despite all the negatives I have experienced over the years for a variety of reasons, one thing that never changed was my love of the actual work with clients. ... My reinforcement is the healing that takes place through their motivation and my skills. I have found what I love to do ... One of my mentors taught me that effective use of self was the cornerstone of effective interventions." (Anonymous)
--Ms. T. J.
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