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The New Social Worker is the quarterly magazine for social work students and recent graduates, focusing on social work careers for those new to the profession. This blog is a companion to the free online magazine at http://www.socialworker.com.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

It's all about me

For the record: This blog is about me.

It is not a reflection of my school (which I've never mentioned) or my classmates (whose names I will never reveal) or anyone else. It reflects my opinions and my experiences as a MSW student. I am writing this blog to, hopefully, shed light on what it's like for a nontraditional student to return to school after being out of the collegiate groove for more than 25 years (almost 30). Hopefully, this rant could be from anyone, anywhere.

And it really shouldn't matter. It's just not that important in the grand scheme of things. What matters is that we, as social workers, really care about people and want to help ...

What it has turned into, for me, is a lifeline. I am able to share, and vent, and laugh at myself, and advocate for myself, and cry and "let go!" Once I write it, it's processed, and I'm off to the next adventure. I, along with every grad student I know, am busy as heck and don't have a moment to spare.

This blog has been a Godsend because many of you have written to me and shared your experiences, your hopes and fears, and your strengths with me -- and everyone else who has read it.

So if you are reading more into it, please don't. Trust me, I'm not thinking that hard!

In a nutshell: It's all about me -- and --I care about you.

It's nothing more and nothing less.

--Ms. T. J.

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