As a South Asian Canadian immigrant, both my cultural background and my experiences as a Canadian have informed my attitudes and beliefs. I have always been exposed to diverse opinions and practices, which have offered avenues for me to think critically about issues from different perspectives. There have been opportunities where I have impacted the lives of others positively through my work, volunteering, and academic experiences. My intellectual growth has also been developed through these experiences. They challenge me personally and professionally by contributing to my consciousness of sensitivities and unique viewpoints when approaching problems.
The Master of Social Work program at the University of British Columbia has been the foundation in my aspirations of becoming a Social Worker. The program has offered me robust opportunities to grow both personally and professionally. I wanted to pursue my career in Social Work field because I was helped by a social worker when my father passed away. I was only 12 years old when he passed away. However, I still remember how that interaction with the social worker helped me overcome from this trauma. I went into severe depression at that time and I was only able to recover from the incidence because of the motivation I received from the social worker’s words. I was really small to understand her work and what it really meant to her. Nonetheless, the impact of her work gave me positive energy to survive and work myself to where I am today. I wish to help people and make their lives better in some way every day.