Earning a Masters in Social Work abroad!
Firstly, let me explain where my ambition and passion comes from. When I was a young girl my mother was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that unfortunately took her life. While visiting my mom in the hospital a woman was always there to comfort not only my mother, but my brother and myself as well. This woman had the ability to make the pain of the reality disappear, if only for a short time. This woman was a social worker. From the time I was 13 years old I was inspired to be like this woman and help others with their struggles in life.
I attended undergraduate at the University of Connecticut graduating with a BA in Psychology and Sociology. During my sophomore year I studied abroad in Limerick, Ireland. I absolutely fell in love with the country. I always knew I wanted to return and when the time came to make a decision about post graduate plans I knew where I wanted to be. I received an offer from UCD and proudly accepted.
I moved to Dublin with nothing but two suitcases last July. After hugging my tearful dad goodbye at the airport I was finally onto my last step of my educational career, but just beginning the next chapter of my journey.
As I'm sure everyone knows, traveling is incredibly expensive. I worked fulltime during my four years of undergrad, however student loans and the reality of "adult life" is catching up to me. Some may say I'm crazy for moving to a different country with no one but myself. However, those who truly know me will say they expected nothing less from me.
I'm following my dreams of becoming a social worker. My ambition and aspirations have gotten me this far. My love for adventure and traveling has taken me all over the world. And now I ask for help to keep me going throughout this next year - my final year of graduate school.