Thursday, May 18, 2006

It's Me...

This is not my normal entry, while at the same time it is

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I will not have to deal with any homework this summer, as I will not be taking any classes, yet at the same time I’m paying for 4 credit hours. These hours are for the first half of my second, and final, field practicum, which I start on Saturday. I’m excited, nervous, and ready for it to be all over already.

Saturday will begin my week’s worth of orientation and training. I suppose they will be familiarizing us with their assessment process and their preferred method of therapy. Whatever the case, I get to start off it all off on a weekend from 9-3 PM and then Monday through Thursday from 6-8 PM. In a way, it is like saying, “welcome to a second job’s hours.” I always wondered how people could do those…

In practicality, I am sitting on all the knowledge my degree expects me to have. I have two more courses that it requires me to take, besides this practicum, but as for the world of academia in the classroom, I have taken all the expected knowledge classes. This fall I will finish my practicum and take two more courses. Those being one, an elective class of my course—meaning it is not “expected” knowledge that every licensed masters social worker must have, since it is an elective of my choice—and then I have to take the integrative seminar, which basically is not a class either, because all we do in there is meet as a class four times and individually write our final paper of our degree. This paper is the substitute for a thesis; a little shorter too.

So here I am, with the academic knowledge expected of a master’s social worker. Do I feel smarter? Yes. Does that bother me sometimes? Yes.

4 comments:

Mark E. Lopez said...

What are you turning into?

FeedingYourMind said...

mark e. lopez -- ;)

Sarah P said...

Proud of you! So close to being finished with your master's! That's a true accomplishment.

Mark E. Lopez said...

I'm confused!