January 24th, 2013
What were the significant factors that influenced your choice of social work? What skills and experiences do you have that will contribute to your success as a graduate student and social work professional? How is the GCSW a good place for you to build on those skills?
The significant factors that influenced my choice of social work as a profession was after the death of my mother. Growing up, my mother always stressed on the importance of education. She made sure we never missed a day in school, we were expected to go to school even when we were very sick. My mother's perseverance and encouragements contributed to all her seven children becoming college graduates. My mother’s tragic event ultimately led to my interest in social work. My mother aged with some health issues. She had hypertension and very high cholesterol, and was placed on some medication. Years after she started taking the medication my three brothers and I travelled overseas and my mother stopped taking her medicines. Her blood pressure became extremely high that the doctors could not bring it down to normal, she ultimately had a stroke and died within a week. This led to personal difficulties for our family, but with the support of a clinical social worker, we had the ability, strength, and acceptance of the negative situation. The experience we had with the social worker molded me into having an interest in the profession, to be able to assist the people that needs outside help when it comes to some problems. I believe my life experiences have prepared me to do this type of work. From this experience, I believe I am an excellent candidate for this program and will develop greatly in social work profession. I have acquired many useful skills and experiences that will contribute to my success as a graduate student, and in the social work profession. As a young adult, I volunteered to read books to children on Saturdays at