So, I am officially done with school. How crazy is that? In less than a week I will be a graduate of UCONN School of Social Work. I feel like these last two years have been a whirlwind but I have loved most of it! I've grown so much in this time and I've learned so much about myself and the world around me.
Last week, my article about empathy got published in The Hartford Courant. It was seriously one of the highlights of my life so far (does that make me super lame?). The positive feedback that I've gotten about the article was overwhelming. So many people expressed that I was able to articulate exactly what they have been feeling. I definitely want to continue to write similar pieces and submit them to be published. It's so exciting to see your name in print! (Or maybe I am just REALLY vain?)
This weekend was strange, I was out and about enjoying the beautiful weather but I kept thinking "I have to get home to get my work done" and then I realized, I have no work to do! (Besides study for the LMSW exam but I'm going to let myself have a little break before I do that). I've been trying to take time for myself and do things that I enjoy. I spent time with friends, did some shopping, ate some good food, went to a rally in Hartford for immigrant rights. It was a quality weekend.
I started reading the book "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson last week. It's such a wonderful book so far. It's about the wrongful incarceration and execution of African American men in the south. Of course, since I'm a huge nerd, I went straight to the library and checked out three more books on the same topic. When I am interested in something, I tend to get obsessed with it sooo that's clearly what is happening here. I feel so moved by the information that I am learning so far. I am seeing Bryan Stevenson talk when I go to New Orleans (AHHH! So excited) in June. You should 100% watch his Ted Talk. He's so inspiring and I cannot wait to see him in person!
After becoming interested in this topic, I have been seriously considering going to law school to become a human rights lawyer. Unless I bomb the LSATS. Maybe I'm crazy for starting to think about this before I even have my master's degree, but right now it's definitely something that I could see myself doing down the road. I am a very future oriented person, I like to have a plan and to know where I'm going, so we shall see what actually happens!
The job application process has been stressful and I fear that I won't find a job that is right for me, with the population I want to work with. But I keep reminding myself that this will be my first job, it likely won't be perfect but we all can learn something from each setting that we work in.
I've been listening to show tunes a lot recently because nothing feels better than singing loudly in the car or in your room. Mostly I jam to Wicked, Hairspray and Legally Blonde (I feel like popular opinion is that Legally Blonde is not a good musical but I personally really enjoy it and if I was going to play anyone on Broadway it would most definitely be Elle Woods -- I can belt out a pretty stellar rendition of "Ohmigod you guys"). The song "For Good" has been giving me all the feels lately. It talks about how we can learn and grow from everyone that we meet along the way and I really think that is true about people and about experiences. We all can change for the better and I hope to keep doing so.