christian121 Posted April 18, 2017 Share Posted April 18, 2017 When I was a young man I was stupid and a knucklehead, and eventually got administratively separated from the U.S. Marine Corps for insubordination. After much therapy and growing up, I've now gotten older and wiser, regret my previous stupidity, and am now in college slated to graduate with a 3.6 GPA and a Philosophy degree. I spent a year abroad in Barcelona, Spain learning Spanish to a conversational level and have several years of officer experience working in activist groups and organizations dedicated to improving the lives of people of color and poor folks. And if it is of any relevance; I am a biracial, bisexual man who grew up in poverty and in a family of veterans where I saw firsthand the wonderful and lifesaving work done by social workers, therapists, and other advocates. I really want to become a social worker and help out others the way other people have helped me and my family, but I am afraid that something my stupid 19 year old self did might harm this. Would my OTH harm me in any meaningful way? I've read that social workers with their own personal histories of struggles are actually liked more in fields like substance abuse or prison work and I am wondering if this would be a negative or even a positive for me. Should I even put my Marine Corps experience in my application and work history if it is a negative? I was thinking that maybe me being a veteran would be one more thing I could have in common with our clients when I work with veterans for instance, but I want to hear from you folks first. Thank you very much for the advice in advance and have a blessed day! EDIT: And for what it's worth, I have a disabled veteran father and live in California so that means I can be the recipient of the Cal Vet Tuition Waiver program, which gives me free tuition at all California State sponsored universities. So I have much more financial freedom in trying to apply to schools like UC Berkeley or UCLA. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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