It is a bit unusual for someone with a Ph.D. to go back to school, right? Yet, here I am.
This is my first-week attending IUPUI’s Masters of Social Work program online. I don’t find my status odd or contradictory. Given my graduate work at the New School School for Social Research, a pursuit of social work practices was inevitable. A perspective also reinforced by my parents, PhDs in Social Work and Education working in Dhaka. Inevitable.
However, I am surprised to find myself, afraid. What if I fail, what if I’m stupid, what if I’m too old, what if I’m wasting all this money…yada..yada..yada…We are all so vulnerable to our own minds trying desperately to protect us. This is when a third person inner monologue may help. Let me demonstrate:
“Hungryphil wants to be a better helper. She wants to help people rebuild their lives after loss of love, meaning, and self-worth. She is afraid of being back in school to help her do so, but the risk of failure is worth it.”
While the use of a third person voice can be annoying, it helps me distance myself and see myself.
Mostly this week involved awkward video introductions, being overwhelmed with the flood of assignments and the bubbling excitement of learning. It was a good start.
How can a philosopher-architect-food lover evolve into a therapeutic, creative, responsive change agent who helps others rebuild lives out of their own self-discovered empowerment?
My first clue comes from this week’s reading: Chapter 1 of Challenging Oppression and Confronting Privilege by Bob Mullaly, began with the following quote by Ben Agger,
Critical social theory conceives human liberation as the highest form of intellectual activity.
I wonder if this thought will hold under an Object Oriented Ontology perspective?
Hmmm…..so many questions to come……… it seems I’ll be talking to myself a lot!
Happy blossoming everyone,