Aldridge International Scholarship Essay

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Being an international student in the Master of Social Work program at MSU has been a positive transition in my life. I believe that this study abroad program to Mexico during 2014 spring break will help me to have a better understanding of Latino culture which will enhance my personal growth as well as furthering my professional goal of working with children of poverty as a social worker.
As a multi-cultural Japanese and Chinese individual and an international student at MSU, I have had many experiences that enhanced my personal cultural awareness. Michigan State University embraces students with different cultural backgrounds and ethnicities. Here I am able to participate various events with people carrying different life stories. For example, I have worked as an intern with refugees in the Emergency Management Office of East Lansing via the MSU Global Internship Program. I volunteered in the Red Cedar International Elementary School for their “One world, many stories” program with families and children from more than 16 countries. I also conducted a survey titled “Family Resources for MSU international parents” supported by the MSU Family Resource Center. In addition, I advocated for international children living in Spartan Village so they could get a playroom. These experiences with a variety of cultures have made me a more caring and open person.
The competency to work with diverse population has been one of my professional strength, and it is my professional goal to serve different clients with my well developed skills and ethics, and contribute my part to social policies alongside my career. The populations I want to work with oppressed or traumatized children in poverty, many of whom are from immigrant or refugee families in 5 years after my graduation. It is important for me to understand their cultures, or even language to build trust and have a good therapeutic rapport with them. I have already gained some cultural competency based on my life experiences in Asia and America. I believe that through this program I will gain more competency and confidence when working with Latino children. Besides, social policy significantly influences oppressed children in poverty. As an ABA clinical behavior technician in my field placement, I have realized how much a good social policy can help children with developmental disabilities. Meanwhile, we have to admit that in general, social workers who have ample...

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