I survived my first term of my Master’s of Social Work! Wahoo! Thank the good goddess!
This was the heaviest term that I will have in the program (five half courses) that had me driving back and forth to Kitchener three days a week.
Shall we do the math?
3 days a week
3 hours a day of driving (9 hours a week) x 12 weeks
= 108 hours of driving
1 round trip – 218 km x 12 weeks
= 2616 km
Holy crap. I don’t even want to calculate what I spent on gas. Luckily, I will only be driving back to Kitchener once a week starting in January (yea!).
So, shall we do a round up of what I’ve learned from these past three months?
1. If given the chance, MSW students will take advantage of free anything
– Printing (we had free printing for the first four weeks…after we printed off 1600% more than last year, they had to stop)
2. You cannot assume that all MSW students will be aware of social issues and politics. I learned this the hard way.
3. Going along with number two, do not be surprised when the majority of MSW students don’t identify as feminist. (I know! What the hell?!)
4. Misery loves company.
5. The workload wasn’t exactly difficult. I worked 10 hours a week and spent nine hours a week driving. I still was able to avoid stress until the last two weeks of class.
6. Don’t tell your fellow MSW students about #5. They will hate you.
7. Every male MSW student will participate in Movember.
8. The practicum team assumes that MSW are idiots, and thus makes us attend 3 hour seminars on how to “communicate with your supervisor” for your placement. 3 hours I will never get back.
9. Just because you are a MSW student does not mean you will have critical thinking skills.
10. You learn some wacky shit that makes you go “whaaa?”
11. When you go “Whaaa?” to said wacky shit, don’t expect your fellow co-learners to back you up. You can expect them to love wacky shit and make you feel as though you are the only sane person in a sea of mentally challenged monkeys.
12. MSW students love to make “class room guidelines” on the first day. They include rules like: non-judgmental space, keep an open mind, be respectful.
13. On day two MSW students and staff forget these guidelines and never refer to them ever again.
14. On day three the program gets frighteningly competitive. In a group of social workers-to-be this is the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen.
15. You will meet a professor that you think is off their rocker. Don’t be surprised when large groups of MSW students love said crazy prof. Don’t try to understand.
16. You will get to have some pretty kick ass discussions.
17. The community building courses are awesome.
18. One of the reasons they’re awesome is that the counselling stream students hate them so much. Muahahaha.
19. Group work. Lots of group work.
20. Watch out for the “over talkers” or “never shut uppers”. They will present themselves early on. Avoid them.
21. You will meet some awesome people. Facebook friend them immediately.
22. Watch out when you walk past the adult learning centre. You may be spit on by careless smokers. Ugh.
23. There are only three study tables in the FSW library.
24. You can never be too self-reflective.
25. Despite the first world problems, this program is pretty awesome sauce.
And now I will begin my one month vacay. These are the things I will do:
1. Clean everything something fierce 2. Bake treats 3. Eat said treats
4. Go to the gym*
5. DIY treats 6. Select best smelling Xmas tree 7. See the Muppets with RZ and A
8. Read Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando”
9. See some people’s faces that I haven’t seen in a long time
10. Plan our NYC trip!
Sigh. I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*This may be a crock of shit and not actually happen