As a woman who has, in my own life, confronted poverty, abuse, and the death of my sister, I am dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and families who are besieged by circumstance. Specifically, I am interested in improving the intrapersonal and social functioning of individuals and families who are working through mental health issues. I know firsthand the anguish pervasive to families who are struggling. I believe that mental health treatment and equal access to resources can make the difference between despair and hope. I am applying for the master’s in clinical social work program so that I can pursue my goal of serving these people.
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She suggested that I apply because she thought I would be good at it. My first contact was with a girl who would frantically roam the halls with an invisible cigarette asking people for a light. I instantly felt her torture and instinctively approached her and said, “I have one”, and lit her invisible cigarette with my invisible lighter. We established a therapeutic rapport and I was hooked.
I think teenagers today have it even tougher than ever before. There are so many social media outlets informing them that they need to base their self-worth off their ability to impress people with their appearance. When I took a community service learning course mentoring two Hispanic high school students, I saw firsthand the sadness and loneliness that often results from failing to achieving these hegemonic beauty standards – or worse, from achieving them, only to find that they are empty.
One good thing about social media is that it also allows us to create our own media. I have worked alongside teenagers in my mentoring internship as they create powerful counter narratives in the form of media to fight back against these impossible standards. I love working with teenagers. I think they are mobilized, passionate, excited about little things, and they want to make a difference in the world. Sometimes, though, they inherit the trauma of generations of people who have been
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According to CNN, teens spend nine hours a day consuming media. But is that a good thing? Youth can be mocked from posts on social media. Youth is more into their media “life” than real life. One doesn’t even make real friends online. Overall, social media has a negative impact on youth.
With social media growing and growing into a mass of accounts and profiles and different groups of people and clubs and websites and other things, what adolescents do on social media is something that many parents worry about. Not every parent is at ease with the fact that their child/teenager is out in open water; one young human being surrounded by millions of other human beings who are younger, the same age, or older than them. The article “Teenage social media butterflies may not be such a bad idea” takes a look at teenagers ' use of social media. Social media is a very important tool, allowing people to connect or continue their relationships without
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In this essay, Michelle Blake explains how pre-teens shouldn’t be allowed on social media. Blake explains how all aspects of social media play a role in teens personality and progressing lack of empathy for others. A natural desire to be popular causes them to constantly try to be funny, noticed, or clever. Once they set any social media platform, they’re now going to be on it a lot more. In hence trying to get the attention they crave. This can lead to the inability to focus on anything but them. Creating lack of general consideration of others and constant focus on ones feelings. The author describes they are not mature enough to make responsible decision. That most teens are living in the moment rather
Growing up I witnessed my sister and grandmother deal with serious mental illness. My sister and grandmother both were diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It has always been my passion to help them manages their episodes. Growing up witnessing these episodes I always knew that I wanted to help those who are struggling to cope with mental health issues. Social work is not just a passion of mine, but a solution to the struggles many people face every day. I learned my “caring and compassion” for others, from my mother. My early experiences were a driving force for me pursuing my master’s in social work. As a child, my mother took in adults, children, and families within our neighborhood and afar to aid them in difficult times. Whether it was for a meal, a night, or longer, she has spent her life caring for others. The passion my mother possessed for helping others has become my
Social media has been known to help students develop important knowledge and social skills. “At first glance this may seem like a waste of time; however it also helps students to develop important knowledge and social skills, and be active citizens who create and share content.” (Chen 3). The more time teens spend on social media the more they become aware of their own social side and how to interact with others, especially their peers. “Some types of social media has beneficial effects, like helping adolescents establish some sense of identity and build networking skills” (Riley Davis). Too much time being spent on social media can also exploit teens to some harsh realities that they’ve probably never experienced in their lives before.
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