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MSW Social Work Personal Statement of Purpose Samples, Chinese Applicants

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MSW Social Work, Chinese Woman from Hong Kong, Psychology Degree

My first love was Psychology and my passion for Social Work is an expression of my maturity, spiritual growth, and desire to help people to survive and prosper. Most of all, the loss of my mother – which shattered my world for a time – caused a profound re-evaluation of my priorities with respect to what I want to do with my life; and how I want to go about helping others. While my undergraduate studies have been focused on Psychology, I have now decided that I would rather become a Social Worker than a Counselor. For this reason, I ask for admission to the MSW Program at XXXX University of Hong Kong – my first choice among MSW programs.

Currently working towards the completion of my undergraduate studies at Upper Iowa University in the USA, I hold a GPA of 3.56 out of 4.0. My sights are set on Social Work because of the way that social workers helped me and my family deal with the profound crises of my mother’s severe illness and subsequent passing away. Since that time, I have read widely in the field of Social Work and I feel very strongly that much if not most of what I have learned as an undergraduate student of Psychology will also help me to be an excellent Social Worker.

The loss of my mother has made me more serious, and at the same time, less afraid to reach out and envision precisely the kind of life that I want to obtain: a life of service, contributing to those who are less fortunate than I, those who are in the greatest need of my assistance and emotional support accompanied by sound advice and guidance.

I want very much to attend graduate school in Social Work and I am certain that the XXXX University of Hong Kong is the ideal location for me to earn the MSW – since it is in Hong Kong that I look forward to decades of social work practice to come. Your program is the ideal location to prepare me for a professional lifetime, studying theory in order to enhance social work practice, in a constant search for improved ways of caring for the community as a whole, each family and individual one at a time.

My voluntary work in a variety of settings has provided me with an opportunity to experience the needs of a broad range of clients and to acquire an enhanced understanding of the role of the social worker in each particular situation. Working with the Red Cross in support for the elderly has helped me to better understand the magnitude and complexity of the issues faced by our older citizens. Volunteering for the Mental Health Association of Hong Kong, working with mentally ill and/or handicapped clients has provided me with great insight into how this organisation is integrated into the community, its liaisons with families, and how the referral process works, through collaboration among organisations. Having experienced the impact of social workers myself during my mother’s terminal illness, in my free time, I especially enjoy studying the way that social workers have been fully integrated into our healthcare systems and the critical roles they play and important contributions they make to that system.

A a Chinese woman born and raised in Hong Kong, now 33-years-old, I am fully fluent in Mandarin as well as English, in addition to my native Cantonese. Optimistic and a fast learner, I take pride in being a good listener, funny, friendly, rational, empathetic, patient, considerate, helpful, cautious, careful and most of all humble and eager to learn. I am convinced that my academic background in Psychology will help me to excel as a graduate student in Social Work, particularly in the area of human behavior and diversity. I am also extremely excited about the prospect of both Fieldwork and Practicum, integrating theory and practice, and gaining hands-on, intensive experience aligned with my special interests in Social Work.

Highly experienced at working with the mentally handicapped, comforting the lonely, and looking after the welfare of vulnerable individuals, I am eager to explore new roles of interaction with my community as a social worker, liaising with families in need and studying intensively the emotional needs of those around me who are experiencing difficulties in life. Earning the MSW at City will provide me with the optimal foundation for lifelong learning about the needs of my community, the vulnerable, and how I might go about maximizing my contribution to society and the Social Work professional.

My experience has given me a deep appreciation of the way that each individual and family situation is unique with respect to needs and available resources. Fully committed to the importance of equal participation and integration, I place a great deal of emphasis and priority on the importance of family and this is one of the reasons why I am so favorably impressed with the curriculum of your program, with its heavy emphasis on the central importance of the role of family as well as community.

My relevant experience in Social Work so far has been as a volunteer. Volunteering is very close to my heart and I see it as indispensable for the outstanding social worker seeking to enhance their contribution to the community. My ability to volunteer while studying in the university was very much restricted, however, by my mother’s illness and subsequently passing away. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and died several years later. There were long periods of time when I needed to take care of her 24/7, forcing me to withdraw from a course or receiving a lower grade than I would have otherwise. It was during these periods when I learned and reflected most on the nature, meaning, and purpose of Social Work, since social workers were of great assistance to my family and I during our own time of greatest need.

I also worked as a private tutor for many years and very much enjoy seeing the look of satisfaction on the faces of parent and pupil alike when grades improve. My work with the Agency for Volunteer Service was multi-faceted, ranging from helping the elderly to paint their homes, for example, to supporting roles for certain exhibitions and helping out with flag day. I make a monthly visit to an elderly person on behalf of the Red Cross and also help an organization named Treats, assisting minority children and those with disabilities. With this organization in particular I have learned a great deal about child psychology and mental health challenges - autism, learning disabilities, Down’s Syndrome, etc. With the Mental Health Association of Hong Kong, I provided a broad variety of services to the mentally ill and their families. I currently assist with the group that visits hostels for moderately mentally handicapped persons, located in Lok Fu. We support the social workers serving in this hostel with activities such as planting or playing table tennis.

I thank you for considering my application to Social Work at XXXX University.

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MSW, Born and Raised in China, Military Social Work PTSD

I see Social Work as unique insofar as it serves to forge, preserve, and uplift the community, especially its less fortunate members, providing assessment and solutions. Social workers serve as guides as well as advocates, helping people to move forward in the building of a better life. This represents for me the ideal career for which I am best suited as a result of my life circumstances and experiences.

Born and raised in China and coming to the USA for my education, I am one of many young people from my country who have fully adopted America as a permanent home, on many levels, cultural, political, psychological. For me, the fullest expression of becoming a Chinese-American has been my service as a soldier in the US Army. Now, as I decide on my post-military career, I still think as a member of the military community. Soldiers, veterans, and their families, represent my central community and social support base; we like to think of ourselves as a family. My own sense of well being is tied up with the well being of military members and veterans and this accounts for my extremely high level of motivation to serve the most vulnerable members of this community who are suffering. Thus, especially grateful that I myself do not suffer from PTSD and have no permanent damage resulting from my military service, I see caring for those who have come home from service to our country with long-term, and all-too-often chronic, mental health challenges, as a natural choice. Thus, I hope to earn the MSW Degree in Social Work with a focus on social work issues as they apply to members of the military, veterans, and their families.

My mother was a professional translator while I was growing up and this provided her with the opportunity of traveling and seeing much of the world. My fondest memories of my childhood are of her coming back home to China for lengthy periods of time, talking about her travels, day after day, week after week, planting in me a sense of international identity and global citizenry that I retain to this day. I went to an international high school in China and I feel very strongly that learning about many other cultures and having classmates and friends from many other parts of the world helped to open my eyes to novel, multicultural forms of learning and teaching. My international mindset and multicultural experience will help me to excel as a graduate student in Social Work, particularly as concerns international and diversity issues.

I relish diversity, particularly in America, and I am fascinated by the impact of diversity on Social Work, theory and practice, as well as social justice issues. In the Army, I was trained and served as a Behavioral Health Specialist. During trainings, I entered the world of psychology for the first time. I was trained to help soldiers manage their mental health issues arising as a result of combat experiences. The training consisted of basic psychology terminology, theories. abnormal psychology, DSM VI, and individual and group counseling, including a 3-month internship at XXXX hospital. These extensive trainings and experience working with troubled soldiers in combat roles, has laid a solid foundation for my lifetime dedication to helping those who suffer from PTSD in our military family. I have found my position in this world, may cause, and I could not feel more confident that earning the MSW Degree is the right step forward for me to continue to advance professionally in my post-military professional endeavors.

My deployment to Afghanistan for a full year following my training to serve as a Behavioral Health Specialist was the highlight of my adult life to that point, working under the supervision of psychologists and social workers. For the first six months, I worked in a NATO hospital mental health clinic and performed initial interviews, writing and filing reports for our licensed provider, upon which treatment plans were authorized and appropriate referrals made. I also taught prevention classes at the unit level to promote mental health awareness and successful coping skills. I like very much to think that I have a lot to give to the field of Social Work: especially with respect to creativity creative ways to make diversity and mental health promotion entertaining for those involved, enhancing the therapeutic experience.

I see cultural humanity as a lifelong learning process. There will be clients that are from different genders, races, religions and social classes. It is common that we as professionals will encounter situations or clients we know less or even nothing about and we must discover their cultural perspectives in order to help them. I look forward to learning something from each and every client as I devote a lifetime to the study of diverse perspectives as they are related to Social Work. As a first-generation immigrant, I have a great understanding about culture shock and the difficulties associated with building a new life and a new web of social relationships. My experience of overcoming cultural and language barriers will help me to empathize and have compassion for people from different cultural backgrounds. In particular, my service in the military helped me to understand military culture and peer relationship issues. As a veteran and a parent, I understand the difficulties of adjusting to family members in and out of military life and the struggle of balancing military and personal life.

I am most devoted to the cause of helping my clients as a social worker by thinking from a holistic framework and responding and guiding my clients in culturally appropriate ways. I received a lot of praise in the military, for example, for forming and running a Taichi relaxation/meditation class which became enormously popular and was very therapeutic. For a six-month period, I travelled with my licensed provider to small outposts and bases for missions to provide mental health support in the field. Especially whenever there was a KIA (kill in Action) or other traumatic event happened, we would get there as soon as we could to facilitate Trauma intervention and provide individual counseling services for our traumatized soldiers in the field. Because we were in the same environment as them and experienced much of what they themselves experienced, we were able to relate especially well with the soldiers that we were treating. We are trusted by the soldiers and thus able to become their advocate. After experienced countless memorial services, tears, and all-too-often the great pain of our brave warriors, I have come to thrive on feeling a strong connection with them, which is why I want so much to give my professional lifetime to helping military families.

I began my undergraduate studies at Troy University while deployed in Afghanistan. I had originally intended to major in Graphic Design, one of my early loves, but my heart was stolen by my work in the area of mental health. Therefore, I completed my studies towards the BA in Psychology with a Minor in Applied Behavior Analysis. Nevertheless, I am convinced that my GPA does not accurately reflect my ability to perform as a graduate student. My grades have improved; early on they were affected by the fact that I was studying in a war zone, writing essays with bombs going off and the Internet coming in and out. On several occasions, I missed an examination because I was on a mission.

After coming back from Afghanistan, I served as a soldier in the US Army Reserve and continued my studies in Psychology, working part time, and gaining experience with individuals suffering from developmental disabilities, serving as their direct care worker. Since earning my Bachelor’s Degree, I have further expanded my involvement with children with mental health disorders and autism. As a result of these experiences, I have already had an opportunity to acquaint myself with many of the basics of social work, especially as it relates to our legal and educational systems here in the State of XXXX. This is perhaps the principal reason why the University of XXXX is my choice for graduate school in Social Work, in addition to the sheer excellence of your program.

I hope to become a clinical social worker in the state of Wisconsin, a licensed social worker in the Veteran Affairs system, helping veterans and/or Military families. I believe my military experience will help me to connect with and understand them better. My experience with special need children will help me to provide a high level of service to the children and/or spouses of military personnel. My cultural background will help me to understand clients who comes from diverse cultural backgrounds, of special assistance to those who have gone through the immigration process. My creativity and skills in art and art therapy will also provide me with resources to make the therapy process fun for those who have difficulty expressing their emotions in words.

I was not sure about what I wanted to do with my life during my first 2 years in the United States. I was always a creative child interested in art and design. This is why I chose graphic design as my major. My study brought my parents huge financial pressures and my Dad passed away during that time. That was when I decided to become financially independent and achieve my "American dream" on my own, by joining the U, S Army. I did not know what to expect at first, but I was always the person who would act quickly when it was called for. The Army helped me break the language barrier and overcome the culture shock. I became fully whole in the US Army, and someone most keen to give her life to social work.

In particular, I look forward to exploring new technologies and therapy methods to help veterans and family members to deal with PTSD, depression, transition, adjustment and resiliency. I also look forward to a lifelong engagement with research and the development of new ways to promote mental health in the military, learning how to prevent and also heal invisible wounds. After several years in the field of Psychology, I spent most of my time being the direct care giver under the direction of licensed providers. For me, to be a leader means to take the initiative in seeing that the needs of one’s client are met. I want to always learn from my clients and use my experience in the field to pass on those things I have learned to my fellow caregivers. I believe the process of healing is always a group effort and I want to fulfill the role of coordinator, the one who unites the client, direct care givers, families, friends and community resources to work together in harmony in accordance with the principles of Social Work best practice. Ultimately, I see the goal of social work to be improving the social system itself, enhancing social functions and well-being for all. I will put my effort to exploring new resources, technologies, and therapeutic methods for helping our communities.

I thank you for considering my application to the MSW Program at the University of XXXX at XXXX.