After some extensive research into schools across Canada, I have narrowed down my search for a Masters of Social Work program down to four schools. Acceptance into any one of them would mean moving away from where I am living now. It's exciting, and quite scary.
As I've stated before, I don't really have a focus in my studies. I have many interests, but there's nothing that grabs me and makes me say "Aha!". When applying for MSW programs, this can be a problem. With the application, as many of you might know, they want a declaration of what your interests are and what you plan to study/research. What? I'm supposed to narrow it down? Well crap! Anyways, I will probably focus it down to mental health and addictions, but where I go to further narrow it from there, no one knows.
I write about this today because my second academic reference was confirmed today. This is from an instructor that was very influential to me and was the one to encourage me to get my MSW in the first place. She hadn't gotten back to me about whether she'd provide a reference or not and I was getting worried. Now that she has gotten back to me, I'm a bit freaked out. It's become very real.
I'll be alright. If the worst thing that I have going on in my life is my fear of graduate school, then I'm ahead of the game. Now I just have to get all my ducks in order, get everything together and get those applications out.
To all you MSWs out there, I have a question. Upon entering your studies, did you know what your focus would be? Did you have an idea of what your thesis would be, or if you didn't do a thesis, what your research topic would be? Or did your school have some other option that I don't know about. I'd appreciate any offerings along these lines.