Dovie Bowles: Graduation

Hello Everyone

I hope you have all been enjoying this wonderful weather we have been having. I know I have been enjoying it.

Today at my practicum we had a group meeting, I’m CWPEP and there are 11 of us with the MSW and BSW students. This meeting was for us to touch base on some of our concerns about the hiring process for us. Our supervisor wanted to talk with us because tomorrow we will be meeting with someone from HR and our Field Instructor, Linda Smith. We will be going over the hiring process in more detail tomorrow but our supervisor wanted to talk to us first so we would be prepared tomorrow with any questions we might have. I just can’t believe they will be talking to us about getting a job. Wow a job! Oh wait that means graduation is almost here!?

I am an older student, I was actually mistaken for a classmate’s mother at the graduation gear-up event. It is hard for me to believe that I will be graduating from the University of Oklahoma’s Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work in just over a month! Me! The girl that no-one talked to about college. The girl that partied throughout her 20’s and 30’s. The girl that many people thought would never really make anything of herself. I will be a college graduate and I will have a real career, not just a JOB. I am so excited to start this next phase of my life.

To all of those people who did not believe in me I say, “How do you like me now?” The truth is, I don’t really care if they do or they don’t like me now, I love me and that’s all that really matters. Just like so many of you, I have worked hard to get where I am today and I am proud of all of us. We are all amazing people who are going into a field, or are already in the field, that does not really get recognized for the wonderful work we do. So right now I want us all to pat ourselves on the back, give ourselves a shout out, do a little dance, or whatever you want to do to celebrate us. The empowering Social Worker!

I thank you all for inspiring me, pushing me, teaching me, and helping me travel down this path. I am forever grateful to you all. I will see some of you in a couple of years when I come back for my MSW. Congratulations to everyone graduating in May and best of luck to those of you continuing on. You are all amazing and I wish you all the best.

Thanks again for everything.
Good luck to us all.
Always.
Dovie Bowles
BSW Student

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