Student Blogger - Celeste Prose

 

I am a long way from home, but somehow I ended up in the right place at the right time. I grew up in Maine, where I was homeschooled until the 8th grade. I grew up in a state with little to do, and very little diversity (of opinion and otherwise).

I went to college in North Carolina, at Guilford College (I was tired of being cold all the time) where I studied psychology and criminal justice. I graduated in 2013 and moved to Tulsa (my parents had been here for 2 years already) for a job in the psychology field. I worked as a case manager for about a year before I decided that I needed to go back to school in order to do something that I would really enjoy within my field. I chose social work because I believe that it will open the most number of doors for me. I want to help people, and even now I am not quite sure where this path will take me…

I started at OU in the fall of 2014 in the part-time program, and I am also a graduate research assistant in the social work department. I am a direct practice student, currently in my second of two foundation years. I am in my foundation year practicum at Phoenix Rising which is an alternative high school for teenagers on probation, or who other schools have not worked out for various reasons.

Since starting this program, I have learned so much about myself, the community of Tulsa, the state of Oklahoma and at-risk populations. I have met professors who have given me invaluable feedback and encouragement, who will remain in my life as mentors, past graduation. I have met students who have allowed me to see things from a different perspective and who have challenged my own views. This program and the people here have opened the door to something that I love and am passionate about, and I am so very excited to finish the program and be able to apply my knowledge out in the “real world”.


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