My area of special academic interest in Social Work is Counseling. I have been drawn to this area of study by my keen desire to help people and my conviction that the best contribution that I might be able to make to my society and community would be to serve as a counselor. I do not place a high priority on making money; rather, what excites me the most about becoming a counselor and a social work professional is the prospect of making a lasting and sustainable, most positive impact on peoples lives, helping them to survive difficult periods and situations and become successful, productive and happy members of society.
I intend to focus my research on addictions as well as couple and family therapy because of my profound concern for the great damage that untreated addictions cause to couples, families, children, and the society as a whole. As a black woman whose original home is Nigeria, I look forward to being of special service to the African diaspora community. Immigrants from Africa to the USA face many challenges, adjusting to culture shock, and sometimes discrimination, long distance relationships, the absences of family, etc. I especially look forward to learning all that I can about emotionally-focused therapy. I particularly admire the work of Kara Fletcher at Regina University and I am convinced that no one would be better qualified to help me make the most of my creative intellectual energy. She would be perfect as my academic advisor.
I keenly look forward to contributing to the diversity of your Master’s Degree Program at the University of XXXX, in XXXX, Canada. I feel strongly that I have important things to contribute to your program and valuable experiences to share with my peers from all over the world. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Nigeria in Counseling and spent the first four years my professional lifetime first as a human resources officer and then as counselor. All my life, I have been a people person, passionately interested in listening to people’s problems and helping others live fuller and richer lives.
As a Human Resource Officer at the Law firm XXXX & Co, I gained exposure to various challenging and exciting opportunities working on a number of workforce projects and greatly enhancing my understanding of human resource management, while applying the skills and knowledge resulting from my education in Counseling, working to increase employee productivity and satisfaction, and organizational effectiveness, all at the same time. I most enjoyed this opportunity of playing a pivotal role in the enhancement of peoples’ lives through personal and social development.
I have been intensely passionate about the field of Counseling for many years, I think, because of my profound drive and high motivation for helping people to find the strength that is needed to resolve difficult situations in their lives. I have always believed that people are as strong as they believe they are and that they can become as productive and mentally fit as they are able to learn how to become. Growing up, I have often been that person that friends go to for advice or to bounce an idea off of, and I have frequently been told that my efforts to support others make a positive contribution. Thus, as I see it, Social Work is a natural choice for me, both as a result of my character as well as my academic background.
The University of Regina is my first choice for graduate study for a variety of reasons, the excellent reputation of your program, its international, multicultural community with students from over 90 countries. I have two daughters, Mariam 7 and Mutmainah 4, and XXXX represents to me a perfect environment for the ongoing education of my girls. We want to experience and explore Canadian culture and education in a small, safe, manageable, college city. I also very much appreciate the student to faculty ratio of 20:1 allowing faculty to give students as much personalized and focused attention as possible. Earning the Master’s Degree at XXXX will enable me to assume positions of increasing responsibility and make major contributions to in my current position of support to the mental and emotional well-being of workmates at the Federal Judicial Service Commission, in Abuja, Nigeria.
I count the foundational experience of working at the intersection of HR and counseling as foundational to my career. I want to learn everything that I can at XXXX about how to build on the individual strengths of our clients and take full advantage of the resources that are available to help people to build stronger and healthier families and communities. I have learned how to conduct detail-oriented research and to create structured and adaptive solutions that are consistent with the desires and needs of the client as well as the requirements of the law.
I take pride in my problem-solving ability, practical and intellectual interest in the social issues and challenges that unfold around me. I like to think of myself as an independent self-starter, a highly computer-literate professional fully dedicated to research, writing, and the ongoing development of my communication and presentation skills. My personal and professional ambition remains to equip myself with a solid, advanced education in the ever-changing, global contexts in which social work practice is advancing. I look forward to decades to come engaging in high-level research in search of more sophisticated understandings of the impact of legislation and social policy on clients and coworkers alike, always with special attention to Africa generally speaking and Nigeria in particular.
I thank you for considering my application to Social Work at the University of XXXX.