Student Blogger - Lauren Turner


I was insistent about two things when I finished my undergraduate degree. I was going to get the hell out of Oklahoma, and I was NOT going to graduate school. I was very wrong. 

After I finished my undergraduate degree, I moved back to Tulsa and into my parents’ house. It was pretty cool. I was working at a job that made me fairly miserable and was wondering what was next for me. I begrudgingly began to look at graduate school and eventually settled on social work, because I knew I wanted to help people but I wasn’t sure how yet. I started the 60 hour part-time program in Fall 2013 and felt a deep sense of relief. I found what I was looking for.

I am now in my final year (insert praying hands emoji here), and I am so thankful. The social work program at OU has allowed me to have opportunities that are beyond what I imagined when I started. I have had opportunities to be mentored, discover passions I didn’t know I had, meet wonderful people who I can’t wait to work with in the future, and do things I didn’t think I was capable of. As I progressed through the program, I learned a lot about Oklahoma and the (many) challenges we face here. My desire to run away from the challenges turned into a desire to make the place where I have grown up in a place I can be proud of. I am convinced that high quality social work is a big part of the solution, and I can’t wait to be part of it!

I am an ACP student and currently in my concentration year. My practicum placement is at Community Service Council, where I focus primarily on the Child Trafficking Task Force and policy advocacy. I am also a graduate assistant for Dr. Kirsten Havig, working on projects that focus on sexual exploitation of children. Human trafficking is an issue that I became interested in over 10 years ago. It was my dream to work on this issue, but I didn’t know how it would be possible. My experiences at OU have opened the door for me to do something I love that I always believed was out of my reach. And that actually is pretty cool.

Lauren Turner is currently an MSW student on the Tulsa campus. Her interests include Beyonce, politics, pop culture, feminism, spending time with her brother and sister, her two dogs, and Beyonce.

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