WHY MY MAJOR MATTERS: SOCIAL WORK

Joshua Terry

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There are many reasons why I chose social work as my major and why it’s so important to society. Two reasons stood out — both I’ve held onto for quite some time. 

First, I should say that while in the process deciding which route to take, I knew I always wanted to have a career that would have me inspire people on a personal level. I started out wanting to be a psychologist because it would give me the opportunity to observe and analyze people’s behavior — what I like to call “people watching.” Also, I could give counseling sessions and help people break mental and behavioral habits that they have adopted over the years. They could be a danger to others, or more importantly to themselves. 

While this seemed cool at the time, after talking to other psychology majors, most of them expressed some sort of regret because of lack of job availability or career fulfillment. My biggest objective in life is to inspire other people to be the best that they can be and to let them know that they aren’t alone with their problems.

I guess I have what you call “relatable obsession.” I’ve been told that I am very ambitious, and with that, I need to be able to do more than sit down in an office and explain someone’s behavior. I wanted to be up close and personal, working side by side as an advocate for those who don’t have a voice. I’ve always been opinionated, so what better way to use my voice than to be a “light” for others who can’t speak or have lost their’s? 

A huge part of my faith is to love and serve others every day — and with social work, I am given the opportunity to do that. Like Jesus served his disciples and lowered himself to lift other people up, I want to be a part of that change in someone’s life. The purpose of the social work profession is to improve social function amongst people. I see it as sharing and uniting society to help people live out their true potential. 

I’m extremely motivated to help people fight their battles because I know what it’s like to fight my own battle. Although my struggle may be ongoing, I think I have come far enough to help people not only with my hands, but also with my story. 


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