This is an example of what I did today. I’m taking a self-defense for women class taught by our police department on campus. We had our first simulation today in which we were actually attacked multiple times and had to defend ourselves and get away. The great thing about simulation is that I can now say I have punched a cop in the face…and I’m proud of it! But really, simulation was intense. There were four huge cops that acted as our “aggressors” and would sneak up and grab us. After escaping the holds of one cop we had to fight our way through the next three cops to get to the door. Knowing that you are going to be attacked and then waiting for it to happen is really nerve racking, not to mention trying to remember all the defense moves once you are in the attack. Having gone through all that I now feel a new sense of power. I can’t wait for the next weeks in class when we’ll learn weapon defenses. All I’m sayin is anybody lookin to grab me better think again!
This week my cohort in the social work program had to turn in our resumes and field applications for our internships next semester. Let me just say it was a little stressful. Then we were told to sort through a list of 180 agencies in the area that take USF social work interns and pick our top two agencies we would like to be placed in. So, after hours of googleing dozens and dozens of agencies, I have finally narrowed it down to my top two choices. My first choice is Heart of Adoptions, Inc., a full service adoption agency in Downtown Tampa. My second choice is Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office working in the Child Protective Investigations Division which investigates cases involving child abuse, neglect, and abandonment. On Tuesday I have a meeting with my field placement professor to discuss my application and agency choices and then all that’s left is to interview with them and hope for the best!
Only 6 months until internships start and 10 months until graduation!
Ain’t that the truth! Just when I think I have the next few years of my life mapped out it all changes. With each curve ball comes a sense of sadness that things won’t be happening as I had imagined, but then I open my eyes to see all the new possibilities God has put in front of me and realize that it’s all a part of His plan.