The end of a calendar year can be a good time to reflect on where we are in our lives, and where we would like to go. Recently, members of the BCSSW Macro Social Work Student Group gathered to do just this, in a new workshop convened by Professors Tiziana Dearing and Margaret Lombe entitled “Remembering Your Why.”
“Amid the flurry of classes, field placements, exams, and job searches, we are hard-pressed to find time to eat dinner, let alone reflect on our choice of profession,” explains Megan Toohey, a second-year MSW student at BCSSW.
“Many of us were drawn to social work by deep-rooted personal values, experiences, or beliefs about the world. Yet, the deluge of assignments begins to feel like drudgery when we feel disconnected from these ‘whys.’”
Encouraged by the guidance of Professors Dearing and Lombe, students were able to reconnect with their own personal reasons for choosing a career devoted to helping others. At the end of the workshop, they were asked to draw on identified strengths, skills, and passions, in order to craft a statement of why.
“As many chose to share their statements with the group, it became clear that every answer expressed something essential to the person who wrote it, both in style and in content,” says Toohey. “Each of us walked away with a statement that we can return to again and again for motivation and grounding. Perhaps even more powerful, however, was the collective feeling of inspiration captured by the uniqueness of so many statements all rooted in a shared commitment to social work.”
Below, five BCSSW students share their “why” with us. Read on, you may just be inspired to reflect on your own raison d’ être just in time to make solid resolutions for your 2016. Each quote is a response to the prompt, “I am a social worker because…”