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To who may be reading this personal statement, you might be wondering who am I?
What will you be reading throughout the time you’ll take to read this statement to which by just
reading the first sentence- you’ll know it’ll be long, and what exactly attracted me into Social
Work. Well, I’ll start by introducing myself.
I chose to be named Jason. That is the name I spiritually, emotionally, and physically
connect with. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the name I was given at birth, but that doesn’t invalidate
the fact that I’m Jason now.
As for someone who was assigned female at birth and an identical twin, that was pretty
hard for my mom to grasp, but to this day, I stand on my feet and present myself as Jason while
using he/him/his pronouns to vocalize my existence.
Due to certain personal hardships, not only being a Hispanic- born in Venezuela which
makes me a person of color and an immigrant, but as well as a homeless LGBTQI+ youth and
having English as a second language in this country, it has given me great insight of what
advocacy should look like and how I’ve used these experiences to advocate for myself to
overcome these hardships.
Personally speaking, now being 11 months in the shelter system- it has opened my eyes.
I’m residing at a place where the people I’ve met have given me the inspiration, strength, and
courage to fight for them, and because of it, I’ve become more passionate about advocacy and
Ever since given the option to major in Social Work, my one goal is to help others. That
is, the children and adolescents that face great struggles in life, just like I did. My goal is to be a
model for them to look upon, and help them navigate a healthier and less challenging life. By
that I would like to assist them with therapy and provide them with services and resources that
would benefit them to cope with their life. With this opportunity, I become more and more
passionate on what I love, and that is social work. To achieve this, my intended path would be
clinical in a micro and mezzo level, to become a licensed clinical social worker with specialties
on trauma, depression, anxiety, and PTSD, later in life.
Fighting for my community has been something I’m very passionate about. Because of
my life experiences, mental health has become one of the areas that I have been interested in
working later on in my career. With that being said, I’d like to empower my community- to
become the greatest of themselves, and to do that, you must take care of yourself, your mental
health, emotionally and mentally. Due to all the struggles, trauma, and neglect, I’d like to
provide these individuals with coping skills, skills that I’ve mastered to cope living in a society
as a marginalized person and all the oppression.
I’m an advocate for therapy, I believe in it and I rely on it. I believe everyone should give
it a chance to become more mindful of ourselves and the world around us. This is what I’d like to
do, provide therapy at a school setting or even a hospital. For someone who has been in therapy
for over a year and a half, I can say this can benefit anyone, because it is for everyone, no matter
where you are in life.
As for someone who would like to become a Social Worker, I’m highly aware that Social
Workers, dealing with mental health, face unique challenges in the communities. Most
communities often view symptoms of mental health as threatening and uncomfortable therefore
they foster stigma and discrimination among suffers, and unfortunately, stigmatizing attitudes
targeting a mental health patient is common in society. Once a social worker, I would have to
find a way of reducing mental health stigma to create an environment where mental health
patients feel loved and valued, where my advocacy will thrive.
Family therapy is another area which I would like to navigate. I believe family therapy is
of great importance in mental health, particularly when children/adolescents are involved. It can
enable healing by facilitating communication and conflict resolution. I hold into a belief that
adolescents with mental health problems requires full family engagement and collaboration to
heal. Lack of cooperation among family members such as the failure to commit time to attend
therapy sessions has been associated with poor health outcomes among children with mental
health disorders. A family may fail to show love and care for their child who suffers from mental
illness or substance abuse, which ultimately creates an invalidating and unsupportive household.
The child may feel abandoned and is not likely to respond positively to treatment. To work
around this issue, I’d like to work with families to give a better insight of how important family
therapy is for the child and the family.
We can agree that culture and ethics are intimately intertwined in mental health care.
Ethical practice requires empathy, sensitivity and awareness of patients as individuals as well as
their beliefs and cultural values. Ethical dilemmas occur within mental healthcare due to the
diverse cultural values and beliefs that may conflict with one another, which would be what I, as
a future social worker, would face. Patients from communities that perceive mental illness as a
curse, because of the stigma around it, may not be receptive to medical intervention. Social
workers are obliged to offer assistance to mental health patients even if the assistance may go
against the cultural values and beliefs of a patient. As a result, social workers are required to
obtain cultural knowledge to have meaningful interactions with individuals of diverse
backgrounds. Cultures of individuals are influenced by differences in gender, sexual orientation,
ethnicity, class, and religion. The differences between the personal values and beliefs of social
workers and those of patients may give rise to ethical dilemmas.
To finish this personal statement, I can say that working in the social work field is my
dream. The thought of working with children and adolescents who can I learn from and hear
their stories, and in return, by changing their lives would be a dream come true. The passion I
have for empowering people has become stronger the closer I reach the end of each semester in
college. As for someone who has felt hurt, alone, and different, I want to be the aiding tool for
those who feel the same for a healing route. To fulfill this dream, I am aware that it all starts with
me, and while I may not be able to save the entire world, I saved myself throughout everything,
and by saving myself, I will be able to save others.
TIPS FOR WRITING THE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Admissions committees view the statement as:
1. “A way of understanding how the applicant developed her interest in social work and how
she has experienced her interest through employment, internships, and/or volunteer
experiences”. The statement helps the committee understand if the applicant’s decision to
pursue a career in social service is grounded in a realistic view of the profession.
2. A sample of the applicant’s writing. Schools of social work believe that good writers are
good thinkers. Expressing oneself clearly, intelligently and succinctly in written form is
essential to success in social work school. “The ability to analyze problems and formulate
sound realistic and practical solutions is center to being a social work student and
3. How well the applicant follows instructions. Committees expect applicant to be through
and thoughtful in following instructions. “Neglecting to follow directions can project an
image of sloppy and careless work.”
• Make a through self-assessment before writing your statement. List jobs, volunteer positions
and internships. Take an inventory of any experiences that somehow contributed to your
interest in social work.
• Begin with a well thought-out introduction.
Avoid “I’ve-always-been-a-people-person-andI-want-to-work-with-people” type statement. Or “I was born to be a social worker. I know
the exact moment that I wanted to be a social worker. I was 5 year old”.
• Identify the skills you attained as a result of your experience.
• Discuss the personal qualities you bring to the profession, and what you hope learn.
• Career changers should highlight transferable skills.
• Clearly state how the school’s programs match your goals. Be clear about your professional
goals while “maintaining a healthy expectation that other possibilities are likely to arise.”
In summation, the application is used to determine the applicant’s capacity to perform academically
at a high level, her appropriateness for the field as demonstrated by prior work or volunteer
experience and the applicant’s thoughtful assessment of the her strengths and suitability for the
profession. The statement of purpose needs to demonstrate the capacity to think critically about
human diversity and need and current issues confronting the profession.
OBJECTIVE - Interested in learning and growing within my career-path which is Social Work.
Open and searching to enhance my leadership and professional skills.
EDUCATION - CUNY College at Staten Island BSSW Expected Graduation Date - 2021
WORK & VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
Project Reach NYC- Summer Youth Employment Program - Chinese Planning
Council Youth Advocate
JULY 2019 - AUGUST 2019
▪ Engaged and participated in trainings and workshops touching on anti-discrimination.
▪ Promoting and raising awareness on social justice issues
▪ Created a group project on Transgender issues.
Planned Parenthood NYC - PPGen CUNY Organizer
JAN 2019 - MAY 2019
▪ Build student power around reproductive health, rights, and justice
▪ Develop and lead a campaign to expand sexual and reproductive health access at CUNY
▪ Lead outreach, events, and meetings
▪ Help lead recruitment and logistics coordination for events, actions, and trainings
CUNY LGBTQ Leadership Program - CUNY LGBTQI Leader 2018 - 2019
▪Utilized a social justice framework to engage in various trainings, experimental, and mentoring
▪ Engages in interactive training workshops focusing on leadership and personal development
▪ Civic and community engagement
▪ Social networking opportunities with LGBTQI industry and community leaders.
AHRC NYC - Brooklyn Employment & Business Services
SEPTEMBER 2020 - Present
Responsible for supporting individuals in their efforts to seek and maintain employment.
Provide customer service skills to develop and maintain productive relationships with
individuals, families, employers, individuals’ co-workers, and volunteer community sites.
Responsible for developing employment opportunities and for following up on job leads.
Assist the service team in the development of person-centered plans, focusing on
supporting individuals in gaining employment based on their interests.
Collaborate with individuals and others to develop and implement individualized
supports in a professional manner, building on individual strengths, choices, and
Assess individuals and assist them in developing appropriate skills and work behaviors
within a group I co-facilitate.
Develop job opportunities for individuals based upon strengths and preferences.
Provides ongoing individual support and hands-on instruction in performing job tasks,
with ongoing assessment of individuals’ progress
Develops and maintains ongoing relationships with individuals, employers, service
coordinators, families, day programs, etc.
Provides ongoing follow-up services to individuals, as needed.
Refer individuals to appropriate community resources, as necessary.
Take on projects that favor the agency’s population
HONORS & AWARDS
▪ NYS Business And Marketing Honor Society - 2017
▪ CUNY LGBTQI+ Leadership Program Award 2018-2019
▪ Resilience Award - Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program 2019
▪ Aramis Gonzalo Rios Memorial Endowed Scholarship 2020
Bilingual - Spanish/English
FOLLOWING PLEASE ADD MORE - This is just to give an idea of my answers
Please discuss a current issue in society related to social work and what you think are
possible solutions to resolving the issue. What areas of social work interest you particularly?
Areas of Social Work Interest - Mental Health & Individuals & Families
Issues - Refer to personal statement (family therapy & mental health stigma) Also add
anything convenient or related
What are the reasons for your decision to obtain graduate social work education at this time?
I’m graduating this spring semester in may, 2021, I’d like to advance my education and enhance
my skills as a future social worker. I aspire to be a LCSW, therefore pursuing my Masters will
allow me to reach my goal (step closer), once I get licensed, I would become a LMSW and will
work towards the hours required to be a LCSW (SEARCH CRITERIA for New York State LCSWS)
What are your expectations of graduate social work education? What area(s) of difficulty do
you anticipate? What have you done or are doing to address the difficulties?
Time management, working full time and going to school full timeLook up or come up with other difficulties.
Regarding SOCIAL WORK DIFFICULTIES : (DERIVED FROM SELf-Identity Exploration paper)
Social Work Ethics, Values & Professional Development
Some of the challenges I see myself having includes the tendency of failure to adhere to
ethical practice with the defense of being transgender. Meaning, having moral problems working
with patients due to different ideological beliefs concerning my gender. A plan for addressing
these issues include regularly monitoring, communication, and reporting to ensure everything is
running smoothly. An example of this would be dealing with a transphobic patient or a patient
who deny my gender and lifestyle. A way I can prevent this is ensuring that my obligation as a
social worker to follow NASW code of ethics is fulfilled within every client system. With the
NASW I intend to use it as a guide for my professionalism and as conduct of my social work
duties. These six ethical ideals which all social workers should aspire are to provide service,
implement social justice, promote dignity and worth of the person, value the importance of
human relationships while displaying integrity, and competence.
Self-Identity Exploration and Assessment
( THIS CAN BE USED AS PERSONAL EXPERIENCE)
Intersectionality, Identity, and personal experinces play a significant role as a social worker
which allows me to empathize and understand clients from a personal level. COMPETENCY!
Work & volunteer experiences have enhanced my skills and knowledge, specifically mental
health (as someone who goes to therapy as well and aspire to be a LCSW, and advocacy within
the LGBTQI+ community & Homelessness.
Born from a humble background in Venezuela, living in the U.S provided me with a clear
view of the fixed adversity planted in diverse groups and the separation of structured
entitlements that has been socially constructed in society. As a transgender male born into the
millenial/early generation Z period, there has been a lot of social harships and sociatial
revolutions that shaped who I am today. Growing up in a traditional Catholic home in
Venezuela, then here in America, my identity was always something I struggled with as well as
expressing to my family. The negative reaction from my family eventually led to my
homelessness and depression that I still fight with today. Overall, holding these identities that
make me unique, has allowed me to grow stronger as a person, a brother, a partner, and a citizen.
Age and Generational Influence
Born in 1998, I am twenty-one years old and border both the generation late millennials
and early generation Z. Generational influences in my life are very unique and distinct. Being
part of the last of the millennial generation, I was a teenager when large technological advances
were taking place, such as the iPhone and the early signs of social media. Because of such
technological advances, 41% of millenials have no landline phone and rely on mobile devices
for communication. Millennials are also the first generation to use their mobile phones as their
main resource for research, shopping, and social networking.
Another generational influence that affects my life the need to always fill silence. This
characteristics emerged during the millennial generation due to youtube, itunes, and TV
streaming services. So while I eat, get ready, or just lounge I feel like I need to be watching a
show, reading, or listening to music. This multi-tasking keeps my mind running 24/7. Not all of
the generational influences are positive though. Because of the increasing college prices and
collection of student debt, millenials are more pressured to get a well-paying job after college
and be successful. This negatively affects my generation by adding more stress and uncertainty
to our lives.
A privilege of being both a millenial and generation Z is it gives me the opportunity to be
unique, radial, and bold in amy decisions. Culture and Society has changed so rapidly, so it
allows other people my age and I to be open to new things in science, politics, technology, and
tons of other things. Acceptance is also a really powerful attribute that I think more people are
starting to possess as time passes by. We have more people passionate about equality than any
other generation before and only good things can come from that.
My generation is made visible because of the backlash we receive. Politically and
socially we are much more radical and unique than the generation ahead of us and they are
scared. Climate change is something that directly affects our generation and we are the ones
responsible to fix it. A negative view that people have with my generation is that we are the
“lost” generation.” because of this radical acceptance people see us as “lost” or “snowflakes”
because our values and morals are so far different than older generations. We are far more openminded and “chill” about certain things that makes other generations see us as immoral or “too
liberal.” But, I see this as a good this, especially as being a trans male, because it allows more
and more people like me to be accepted and safe.
A way that being in my generation affects my daily life is that I am much more active on
social media and the internet that old generations. Even today, the baby boomers are not as up to
date on everything social media wise as my generation is. This affects my daily routine because
throughout the day I am social networking, just scrolling through twitter or instagram, or
interacting with my friends through my phone. This, in general, makes people my age not as
social in person but this is not always a bad thing due to college, work, and busy lives. Social
media is a great way for my age to stay connected to people we would have not been close to
Gender, Socioeconomic status, Physical or Intellectual Abilities
As we know, since ancient times, humans have been forced and defined by the random
binary gender assignments due our biology. Because of this, taking on biology as a scope of how
gender is perceived, our gender identity, and sexual preference imposes limits on our capacity for
communication, understanding, and empathy. This is something I refuse to acknowledge because
of the lack of education that influenced the norms today. Biology is the reason for the dynamic in
society, where we’ve been taught that men dominate women because of strict gender roles
enforced in our socially constructed norm. Different cultures have diverse definitions of the
different gender roles, accepting more or fewer identities into their division of the accepted (or
not) gender definitions. Perso ...