Dear Columbia University...!

Dear Columbia,

I cannot express how emotionally overwhelming it is to say goodbye to you! The past two years of my life have been among the most challenging, demanding and inspiring periods of my life. I moved to NYC, my dream city, because of you. I embarked on this risky journey all alone because of you. I devoted my time, energy, my money, and all I had in me, everyday of my life at CSSW and my field placements. At the end of it all, I can certainly say that you deserved it all and more, because in return, you gave me back an unforgettable journey and experience that molded my character and challenged all my ideas about myself, others and the world! Looking back, it amazes me how much I’ve learned from my time here, not only about the needs of our community, but also about myself! 

Working directly in the field is perhaps one of the most valuable aspects of the social work degree program at Columbia University. Without it, it would not be possible to understand the needs of our community members. Furthermore, it is through these tangible experiences that we become familiar with many different areas of the social work as a profession, which helps us pick the route that is most in line with our interests. My advanced year placement at Mount Sinai Psychiatric Recovery Center, for instance, was truly transformative and inspiring. I worked as a clinical social work intern with patients who were diagnosed with acute mental health disorders, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Soon I realized that serving this demographic as a social worker is my true calling and in line with my personal strengths, interests and career goals. Moreover, through this experience, I found out more and more about my own capabilities, thoughts, characteristics, and triggers in life. through my work with my patients, and through weekly supervision I truly found who I am and what I want in life!   

I am grateful for the experience I had at Columbia. It’s all been purposeful. The pain and the joy. The love and the fear. The sorrow and the magic. It all helped to bring a new perspective into my life and opened my mind to a whole new world of possibilities. THANK YOU CSSW for everything. I will do my best to make you proud as an Alumni and will visit you every chance I get!

It’s not goodbye…it’s see you later ❤️