In light of this, I thought I would share a piece that I wrote when I was 16 in 2013 for an English class assignment.
Along with most of my social work professors and many of my classmates, I attended the 2017 BPD conference in Atlanta Georgia on the weekend of March 16th-18th.
If I get two people to MAYBE donate old suitcases to an agency so that MAYBE two kids will be able to pack their belongings with dignity, then that post was worth it.
It saddens me to see posts and videos on social media that show people degrading others for speaking another language in public. These individuals are in for a big shock since a number of bilinguals in the U.S. are projected to grow and keep on growing for the foreseeable future. Multilingualism is the future - and you bet that I am going to get on that train now.
My time at the local refugee center is coming to a close. Since January, I have been slowly but surely completing my 50-hour pre-field placement for the social work curriculum. I've posted about some of my experiences here and I have truly learned a lot from working with this agency.
First, on March 15th, I officially applied to be accepted into the SOWK program! Although I am declared and allowed to take certain classes, I cannot take upper levels until I am officially admitted. Second, on the same day, I had an amazing experience at the Diversity Conference hosted by JMU.
Currently, I work at the refugee center in town, doing basic activities like answering the phone, greeting clients, and making appointments. I am only there once a week for three hours, so until the other day, that's all I had been doing.