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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.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Field (Feeled) Experience: Day I

SO MANY ADJECTIVES describe today. I started the day off with a room filled with friends and a big cup of coffee. I felt very calm and supported.

When I arrived at DFCS, I knew all my sister interns. I felt comfortable. Our leader is a really neat person. I felt even more comfortable.

Orientation was low stress and I felt familiar with all the information. My MSW sisters interned for DFCS during their undergrad years. I have worked in the field of journalism for 10 years. I felt a little behind the eight ball, AND I felt experienced in life.

I found out that I will begin my monthly training rotation in Investigation. I felt excited.

My husband took me to lunch. I felt loved and a part of something more.

We were fingerprinted and had our backgrounds checked. Some of my fingerprints are worn off. This is normal AND I felt older than my classmates. I am.

At the end of the day, our fearless leader gently touched my shoulder, thanked me for coming and said goodnight. I felt appreciated.

As I drove home, a wave of emotion brought tears to my eyes. I felt grateful for my years with the magazine.

I feel grateful for this new calling.

~Ms. T. J.


  1. So how do I unsubscribe from this site? I was interested in joining more like a forum and all I see here is self and ego. I am not interested in neither.
    I am entering into the social work profession because I feel that it is a selfless field to get into and my ego has no place in the field. I have a personal blog where I choose to share my life with others, this is where my ego can take off if it so chooses to.
    Just my opinion and what works for you, by all means allow that ego to claim that this is a blog for social workers, whereas I view this blog all about "I".

  2. T.J., I really liked this post.  I think your sharing of your MSW student experiences and your new field (feeled) experience will be of great value to other students.  I look forward to hearing about your new placement.

  3. Guest~
    Thank you for your feedback.

    I was asked to blog about my experiences as a student social worker and I do this to the best of my ability. Susan, Karen and Linda are degreed professionals who have worked or currently work in the field and they are lending their expertise in their own styles, also.

    There are many great social work blogs out there and I hope you can find one or more that better resonate with you. Please take what you need and leave the rest from this wonderful Web site that was created to assist the new social worker.

    ~Ms. T. J.

  4. Keep up the good work. I will continue to read and enjoy.


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