I hope everyone is being treated well by Pisces season! I know this season has gone pretty well for me actually and I hope many others can relate 🙂
I love to reflect on my progress as a student because, well, my life has been nothing but academia these last (six) years. I sometimes can’t believe it’s been so long.
As I reflect, I am recognizing that if there is ~anything~ I learned in undergrad, is that there is so much power and opportunity in not being 100% certain about something. I know a lot of people may disagree, and maybe rightfully so, but personally, not knowing all the facts and not knowing every aspect of whatever it may be, has always been a positive experience for me; at least, that has been my perspective.
For instance, this MSW program at Stan State. I know I enrolled at Stan State because I wanted to be pragmatic and go with the option that presented the best deal for me (proximity to home/financial aid/mentoring/class size/program mission/etc.). However, I also know I chose Stan State because there was some degree of uncertainty to it. I knew very little of Stan State as university, and even less of the MSW program.
I went on the program website, and even tried to find Facebook groups pertaining to the MSW program, and didn’t gather what I was necessarily looking for. Now that I’m a semester invested into the program, I realize that that uncertain, unfound “thing” was something I needed to create for myself, and Stan State has provided me the tools and confidence to do just that.
When I say there is power in uncertainty, I am not saying do not follow your intuition or gut feelings. I am saying that the uncertainty one feels, especially at it pertains to university enrollment, could be a possible avenue for growth and development.
The uncertainty I felt towards the MSW program at Stan State truly was the result of me not believing that I could be successful in a program I knew very little about. Now that I have completed a semester, started working with faculty on research, and in the next few days will submit my application for the California Pre-Doctoral Program, I can truly say that the uncertainty was exactly what I needed to grow as a student.
As undergrad and graduate admissions roll out, I hope anyone facing even the slightest form of uncertainty towards a university, including Stan State, takes it as a sign to explore and discover something new. I know I did and so far it has worked out pretty well! 🙂