May 2020: 26yo female I graduated into the pandemic. I knew my profession was never one that would have a substantial financial return; I got my Masters’s in Social Work because I wanted to be a graduate of an empathic profession. I have felt so alone graduating virtually into the pandemic that deconstructed so many of our lives.
Health: During the lockdown, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and anemia. I had no idea that it would take eight months to diagnose as I brushed many symptoms aside to stay socially distant to protect my community. I never thought at 26 I would have medical bills on top of these, my student loans.
September 2021: As social workers, we go to great lengths to understand how our; values, ethics, morals, values, and life, affect our practice. Through this individual introspection, we cultivate the type of practitioner we will be. It’s been a year since my virtual commencement, I have now arrived at a net negative. Right now, through my eyes, my finances seem to equate to my worth and I don’t want to regret my masters. I can’t afford clothing right now and the seasons are changing. I won’t be able to make rent this month. I can not be a good provider if I can’t even provide my basic needs. I promise to pass any help forward as I come to work in our communities as a social worker, I like to say “distant but not alone.”
Bank account $251.34
Student Loans $79,685