Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.
My work at Doug’s House Hospice, a residential hospice and recuperative care facility for people with HIV/AIDS, has further inspired my pursuit of higher education. Here, I participate in grief and loss with people who are vulnerable and historically underserved. I have the opportunity to be an empathetic listener for their concerns; this echos foundational principles of social work --the importance of human relationships, service, and the dignity and worth of the individual--and fuels my fire to pursue excellence in this work.
Additionally, my volunteer work at a peer-based grief and loss center has been beautifully inspiring. Children in these groups have experienced massive losses and in co-facilitating these groups, I have the opportunity to listen empathically to their processing. Being with these children in wide, vast, and deep emotions has me connect with those same places of vastness in myself. I have found that this work assumes we’re all connected. I am incredibly inspired to participate in further training in the form of trauma-informed care, resiliency, grief, and how these macro ideas intersect with both everyday and widespread loss as I pursue my degree.
Kat from Texas
Tulane University School of Social Work