My decision to apply for the Social Work program has been a long and crazy one. Actually, I feel like my entire educational path has been long and crazy. I started out as a Political Science major with the intentions of going to law school but in my last year of undergrad I shadowed a lawyer and realized that...well.... I HATED LAW! I "accidentally slept through" the LSAT and dropped out of mock trial quicker than any of my professors could even believe. Graduation day was so scary!!
In the years following graduation, I had the wonderful opportunity to work a case management internship at Lowcountry AIDS Services and also traveled with a team to South Africa. During that time, I was so lucky to figure out what made my heart happy- serving people with HIV and art, specifically photography. After coming back from South Africa I made a promise to myself to learn as much as possible. I really wanted to make sure that the next time I was able to travel outside of the US, I would be more equipped to help hurting people and be a strong enough artist to capture what I saw. So, a year later I enrolled in photography school and spent three of the best years of my life learning everything I could about the wonderful world of photography. I fell in love with the darkroom and made friends that I know I'll keep for a lifetime. Ugh.. I'm getting all teary about missing my friends. Get it together, Jenna!! Ok.. back on track.
My life since photo school has been incredible. I've photographed weddings, children, pets, and canyons. I've made a short film and sat on a panel of (real) film makers. I've shown in art shows and (best of all) I married my partner from drawing class. It has been such a wonderful adventure but also a very self-serving one. So, in keeping with my plan to go back to Africa with a skill set to make a difference, I applied for the MSW program at the University of South Carolina... and I'M IN. I'm really nervous about going back to school but I'm excited about learning and having the opportunity to help others. Thank you to everyone that helped me during the application process (Clay S., Tamala L. and Lisa N.- those awesome reference letters were what sealed the deal... I'm sure of it!!). I'm still sort of just walking around smiling... but I'm sure in a couple of days the panic will set in. Back to school I go! Jb
Look at this precious message that was written on my acceptance letter. Awwww!!!!