It starts on the 27th and I'm ready. I've been ready. O, so ready.
What I really would have been ready for is to have this be my last year, but hindsight ... (o, how I hate to love you, hindsight ...). This fall will bring the advent of Generalist (or: How To Become a Truly Spectacular Social Worker) which will be coupled with my year long internship. And, it will bring Social Work with Frail Older Adults. And it will not bring research or statistics because I am DONE with those monkeys.
I feel like I had to scrap a little for my internship. AND my elective, come to think of it. I had asked for a Hospice / Bereavement internship and was granted an interview. I knew something was not right when my interview panel asked more questions about art projects I am capable of doing rather than my other social work skills.
I got nothin. Art and I? Not friends.
Needless to say, no hospice and bereavement placement for me. They told me, "We're looking for someone a little younger who doesn't have as much work experience as you do." Sorry, sista'. That's what almost 10 years in the field gets you: experience. Did somebody say ageism? I heard it too! Ironic, because THEN I interviewed with a counselor at a continuing care community. She was splendid. Geriatric psychotherapy is spendid as well. I'm superbly, splendidly thrilled to have this placement.
And the class I had to scrap for?
As a 2nd year, 3 year co hort, I'm not ELIGIBLE to take MANY of the electives because they're all cross referenced to a series of classes 3 year co horts don't take in their first year. Also, because I have not taken these classes, I register a day later than the rest of the student body. I had to email, advocate, put my foot down, but I finally did get the SW with Frail, Older Adults.
I am NOT excited about plunking down $600 of my hard earned dollars for books the first term.
I AM excited about working with the elderly.
I am NOT excited about more group projects.
I AM excited about writing papers.
I am NOT excited about 2010's congressional elections. That is the story of a different posting that will never appear on this blog but one that I will war with internally for months.
Go forth, do good, get EDUCATED about your candidates and VOTE when you have a chance.
And, love your elderly.
And, love your local graduate students.