As someone who has wanted to start a blog since 2012, but finally briefly got the guts after starting a brief breakup blog after getting dumped about 2 or 21/2 years ago and then rebranding that blog into the blog you see today, I am always thinking about ways to create new content and while staying fresh and interesting.
So as you may or may not know, I have a master's degree in social work, and have worked in the field for about 6 months now and have learned a lot... I also am pretty opinioned in general. therefore in addition to the usual series on here, such as the year of 25 series, book club Mondays, Book Reviews, and Self Care Sundays, I am now introducing Social Work Zuhri series.
The social Work Zuhri series will be all about some of my experiences thus far in the field of social work, as well as my opinions on various topics or situations from the point of view of my social work brain because as much as I don't want to admit it, social work has changed me.
Therefore to kick of this series, I will talk about my path into social work, as well as why I choose social work compared to similar fields like counseling or even psychology.
Believe it or not, I started off my undergraduate career wanting to go into genetics or neuroscience. Originally I was leaning more towards geneticist and genetics because ever since the7th grade I was fascinated by DNA. Anyhow, turns out I am really bad at chemistry and math gives me crazy anxiety, so as much as I loved science, I wasn't going to be able to pass the necessary corse work, so I had to be open to other options. Since Neurosicne was always a secondary interest of mine, I had to take some courses in psychology, and I fell in love.
As part of my psychology degree, I had an internship that was writing notes and observing therapy being done in a drug and alcohol facility. This experience solidified for me that I wanted to do therapeutic work. From there it was just figuring out how. Originally I was on that clinical psychology train or at least that's what I thought I wanted, but after realizing how I stacked up and talking to a professor, I realized that path wasn't for me and landed on social work.
I decided on social work instead of other related fields because even though I knew at the time that I was more interested in therapeutic work, I thought it would be useful and practical for me to choose a field in which that I could use the same credentials to do more than therapy in case in turned out that I didn't like it or wasn't good at it, I didn't want to end up stuck in a box. So social work it was now two years, 5 months, 1job from hell, and now I work as a therapist. Where I have always wanted to be.
Funny the ways in which things work themselves out and how your journey may be full of twists and turns but you ended up where you wanted to be anyhow.