My life goals are pretty simple: Love Jesus, love people, and don’t get caught up chasing money, accomplishments, or fancy things.
The truth is I never wanted to go to college (If the point of life is to love, then why spend tens of thousands of dollars to get a piece of paper saying you went to some classes and typed on a keyboard for four years?). So, halfway through undergrad and feeling increasingly disillusioned, I decided to drop out. I met with my advisor and explained the plan was to get whatever job I could and just love people. My advisor, shockingly, said it was a great idea, and that he had done something similar in college. He went on to recount that one day, while waiting tables at TGIF, he realized he desired to have an actual skill set to offer people beyond his affinity to care. At that point he returned to college and continued his education. Leaving his office to finish what I intended to be my last semester, I found myself again and again thinking about his story and his desire to have something to offer.
Six years later, I’m now in my concentration year at OU-Tulsa, and I’ve realized THERE IS SO MUCH TO LEARN! Through working in the helping field and taking classes, I’ve grown to better understand how complicated poverty is. The intersectionality of oppression, addiction, illiteracy, mental health, and complex political systems, can be so overwhelming to work with (let alone live in!). Continuing my education has also been a journey of self-discovery. The more I learn about discrimination, the more I discover my own internalized and hidden prejudiced propensities. And it has been so good, painful, and humbling to bring these parts of me to light. Certainly, this MSW program (coupled with the Women and Gender Studies certificate, which I would highly recommend) has not been all happy moments. It has taken work and endurance, and yet the longer I am in it, the more thankful I am for the opportunity.
Name: Drew Duffy
Concentration: Direct Practice
Foundation year field placement: Health and Medical
Hobbies: soccer, playing music, traveling, and photography
Posted on Mon, September 7, 2015
by Amy Arnold filed under