I have had blogs in the past, mostly when I was traveling and it became my only form of communication with families and friends back home. I was never able to successful stick to it for long periods of time and this summer I wanted to start a personal blog and try and connect with like minded people. Again my self doubt and procrastination took over and crippled my efforts to start.
Now I am currently starting my online schooling at Vancouver Island University, working towards a bachelor of Social work. I am in my third year and currently have a diploma in Early Childhood Education, Social services and a certificate of Mental Health and Addictions. I am what they call a professional student and yet I struggle with the structure of school and online learning is such a foreign experience for me. Yet it is pushing me to explore the advantages of technology and make connections within the internet. This blog may very well be used for a particular project I am working on, we shall see. So today is day one of many, an experiment of sorts.
To be a successful social worker I need to confront my own judgements, triggers and values. Recognize my barriers in working with others, those in-depth beliefs that have been ingrained that may affect my work. As well as confronting and recognizing my own privilege, I am a white woman, I come from a family that has the means to give me every opportunity and support me through my academic career… I have a tremendous amount of privilege and to not recognize and acknowledge that is a disservice to my future work and those I work with. It gives me a voice, a voice a may not deserve and one I hope to earn. I want to able to use my voice to advocate, to learn form others and be an ally. I have my own experiences and my own story they have there own merit and their own place. I never want to silence someone else story, I want to help others be able to explore and speak their own narrative. Not to merely speak for others but to empower them to be able to speak for themselves.
I have a lot to learn…