Experience of A Practicumer
Staying in the Regional Haven for Women for almost four weeks is really a memorable and unforgettable experience for me. It was memorable because I got to know different kinds of people and I got the chance to mingle and make friends with them. It was unforgettable because I have learned many things about my self. I was able to test my patience and I’ve seen my self-worth.
At first, I wasn’t confident that I’ll be doing well with the tasks that will be given to me. I was afraid to fail and I felt that I just wanted to give up. I am no good in dealing with others because I feel that I may not meet their expectations. I am scared to let myself known to others and eventually be attached to them because if we will be away from each other, I know that it will really be hard for me. But as days passed by, the barrier that separates me from the residents was gone. I chose to show my real self to them and I let them know the real me.
During the first week, it was a bit hard to approach and get to know some of the residents. They are always in their rooms and whenever we facilitate an activity, they didn’t want to join. I just told myself that I cannot please everybody and I just let them be. I believe that if I will force them to like me and cooperate with the activities that we prepared, things will just be worse. Although there were few who are aloof with us, most of the residents felt at ease with us instantly. They are the residents who participated in all the activities that we gave them since Day 1. They showed us that they want us there and that they are accommodating. They always come to us to share stories and life experiences. As the days passed by, the residents who felt uncomfortable started to bond with us, they are now the ones who always ask if we are giving an activity or not. These residents were the ones who are really snob at first and seemed not to care whenever we are around. Because of this observation, I gave...
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