Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

Social work. If you would have asked me what social work was or is a few years ago, I have no idea how I would have answered, let alone tell you that it is a profession that I am willing to dedicate my life to. Now, to me, social work is a field that charges social change, confronts mental health, and endures world problems. A societal problem that speaks to my heart specifically that I am passionate about is chronic individualism in our society. Specifically, the mindset people striving to be able to do everything on their own. This is expressed to the point of families parting ways and different populations being marginalized and dehumanized because of not being able to accomplish certain things on their own. Society needs to understand that we need one another and that we should to feel comfortable enough to embrace vulnerability. As said well by Brene Brown “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.” I inspire to be that for others in my career. I want to create spaces where people can openly learn how to lean on each other. I am passionate about creating events and connecting people that may have similar life journeys. A safe nurturing place that brings people together.

The famous question you are asked since the first day of kindergarten up until middle adulthood is “ what do you want to do when you grow up?” People constantly change who they are and what they want throughout the years, but I can honestly say my heart has always been for people. I may not have known the language or had the phrase “social work” on my childhood dream board,I would choose a career that helped people. After years of wonderful experiences and personal growth, I know for certain that I want to be a social worker and I have an aspiration on day opening a huge community center! The dream and the hope would be to have all different types of services. One thing I know for certain is I have an unquenchable thirst to be at the heart of people's healing.

Emilee from Michigan
Oakland University