Graduate lo #2018

Blessed beyond words for the never ending blessings of family and loved ones. I couldn’t have done any of it without them.

Two weeks into attaining my masters, I’ve come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter what qualifications you have. It could get you to the door, but to open the door…. it’s competence that gets you through it, not the paper.

Gotta say it again, may we continue to be the change we want to see in the world.

May we be leaders who advocate for social work, for the people without a voice and people who need a voice.

May we be social workers who seek to enable clients to overcome adversity, to empower them to make informed decisions and take charge of where they want to be. To always remember to never do things for them in the interest of KPIs, structural faults and statistics.

May we remember that we don’t need awards to validate our profession and career goals. But by being real enough, you will change lives through your passion and strength.

May we be the friends that are dependable to share cases on and provide an objective assessment and opinion without compromise on rising the ladder to be a friend’s boss.

May we be the coworkers turned friends that meet for lunch or dinner even after one has left an organization. Because that’s what friendship is in social work, no one really gets left behind or forgotten. An individual’s work can always be replaced by a new staff, but the way that one makes another feel would not be forgotten.

May we remember that change is often shown by examples.

May we strive to be that example.

My role model in social work used to tell me to find something I was passionate about.

She then said to me to always remember, “once a social worker, always a social worker.”

Graduate lo 🎉✨

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Adulthood

I think I’ll truly never get the hang of adulthood. The term “adulting” has so many phases that it sometimes feels like you’re in limbo between being a teen and having much more definite responsibilities.

Writing used to be therapeutic and fun growing up. But now, having this space makes the content make me much more vulnerable in the working world. This is one of the reasons why I don’t write as much as I’d like to anymore. Perhaps one day I’ll be writing about things that matter to me on a blog without a name.

Note to self: don’t lose yourself in the midst of the chaos.

#BSWK Social Work, Graduate Lo (Ng,2017)

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Official graduated with a degree in Social Work last month. The journey has been long, arduous but at the end of the day, it was a journey that I needed to take.

The world has always been a place where I’ve wished to change, which is why I started wanting to pursue social work in the first place. I think i realized that when I was a month shy of my 21st birthday. I remember people I loved then around me telling me that it was a job that did not pay the bills, others encouraged me to try something else first and then come back to the social work sector later in life.

I was lucky though, unlike some of my peers, I had already figured out what to do in life. Or at least had a glimmer of what I knew I wanted to do.

Fast forward, I’m 25 and a social worker.

I do not claim to do this on my own. I did not have the strength to overcome part time studies and full time work, but I did because of the one big father I have above. And with that, I thank God for every opportunity he gave me along the way. Along with the big family I had for the last almost 4 years at FaithActs who never stop to cheer me on and feed me at work whenever I’m tired. They have shown me such love that I am ever grateful for.
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Aside from that: I have my regrets which I take with me. The biggest bit would be that my dad did not get to see me graduate. But I’m sure he got a glimpse of his youngest daughter shooting a dirty look at the man who pronounced my name as “Cor lee Chan tell le” as I went on stage.

Fast forward, I’m 25. I’m happy with my life and the way it has turned out. I am blessed with God’s grace, nothing more. My heart is full.

May we continue to be the change we wish to see in the world.

individualism

“Don’t stop chasing your dreams”  has been something I’ve heard most of the time while growing up

yesterday I realized no one ever said to me,

“Don’t stop chasing one another”

in our relationships with our family, friends or loved ones

this is probably why everyone became so individualistic, so jaded and possibly so taken for granted for all the time

when will we ever start learning how to be there for one another and live in the moment?

There’s no point treasuring a memory because when the moment’s gone, its gone for good

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