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Why did you choose Baylor's MSW Program?
I live in Houston and the preeminent MSW Program is the GCSW at UH. My BSW was completed at UH Downtown so there was a strong expectation that I, like the major majority of my cohorts, would attend the GCSW. After quite a bit of personal reflection and consideration about what I want to do and the type of experience I want to have between now and then, I chose Baylor. A smaller cohort with class sizes that allow for stronger collaboration, more meaningful discussion when it really counts, and deeper relationships with my cohorts and professors won out in the end.
What is a cause you are passionate about?
Families. I consider families to be the building blocks of communities and our society at large. To varying extent, each person is a product of their family of origin and they take those inherited strengths and deficits with them into their lives and into the world. With the extreme biopsychosocial challenges that present themselves today, a greater strain is being placed on the family unit, which I believe has already been trans-generationally diluted in strength and cohesion over time. I believe strengthening families will restrengthen the foundation on which our more and more diverse society and culture are built and our society will benefit in the long run.
How does a Master of Social Work degree fit into your career plan?
It is essential and required for me to have an MSW in order to become an LCSW and LMFT. It will provide me the opportunity to pack value into the stream of life and advocate for others as well as becoming my vocation. Taking the social work route to the end destination of being a psychotherapist, as opposed to becoming a LPC, has had a tremendous impact on the way that I view the world and my place in it. While my end goal is a vocation, I do not believe the promotion of social justice or the advocacy for other people should be limited to business hours. It is a way of life.
What is a piece of advice you would give a prospective student
Leave what you think you already know at the door and empty your cup so that it can be filled with new ideas. Seek truth as it exits in the universe and not as it is presented in the media or by those who sell ideas. Who you are and what you believe are core to your humanness, but this learning and this work can add a richness to the current version of each of us if we let it. It is uncomfortable, if not painful, when things central to our values and beliefs are challenged, let alone disproved altogether. But, as I have learned in my life, when I lean into that discomfort and embrace it, there is always a better version of me on the other side.
Unique characteristic about yourself
I'm a nontraditional student and am 46 years old. My past life was lived as an alcoholic and drug addict but in 2007, I got sober and have lived a sober lifestyle each day since. In essence, it feels like I arrived late to my own life, but I am living to make the most of it. I married my wife, Kasey, in 2015 and a year ago on the 4th of July, we welcomed our son, Ezra, into the world! I am a professional musician of 25-ish years and that is the work that I do to help my wife pay bills while I finish my MSW.