When I was thirteen, my aunt and uncle decided that they wanted to adopt a child. I did not really understand the adoption process or what it meant, but they asked me to write them a reference letter as they had babysat me on a few occasions. I felt that this was an incredible honour. Despite being so young, and having an older brother they could have asked as well, they asked me to write this letter for them. I felt so privileged to be a part of their adoption process and afterward was so interested in how it was going. When they were able to take home a child I was overjoyed. To be a part of the process that would make their family whole was an incredible feeling. After that I grew an interest in adopt and other areas of family and child care. The adoption process was the beginning of my interest in social work, but it was not the only thing that impacted my interest. There are many areas of social work that I am interested in besides adoption, one specifically that has been influenced by my own experience is mental health and addictions. Ever since I was a child my dad has had a problem with alcohol. When my brother and I were younger we even saw it as a problem and decided it was time to do something about it. We wrote him a poem describing how his alcoholism was hurting us and affecting our family. Remembering that this poem was writing by two children, as young as eight years old, shows you that it was not the most insightful or inspiring poem, and instead of having its desired affect, it only greatly offended our father....
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... that my first year of university has changed me the most and has influenced my desire to be a social worker. The first year social work course taught me so much about oppression and privilege that I had never considered before. Before this course, I had not realized how much privilege I had to be able to be in university and live the way I do. I feel that this course taught me to be more empathetic towards other people and has made me want to reduce the amount of equality that persists in Canada so that people can have more equal opportunities in life.
Overall, I feel that everything that has happened in my life has lead to my decision to want to be a social worker in some way. I want to help the underdogs and give people the strength they need to get through life. I hope that I get a chance to complete this program so I am able to make a difference in many lives.
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