help kayla make it through grad school
Organized by: kayla adams
WOW! the support i have received from all of you is so inspiring. i feel so much love, whether i received money, prayers or good thoughts and messages. i couldn't be luckier.
update: through donations and a loan from a friend i have been able to pay for january's rent. if anyone is so inspired to donate toward my health insurance coverage and/or february rent, i would really appreciate it. i am literally living week to week with my tiny paycheck. but i got a second job and am starting on saturday!
school has started and i am already loving classes. i feel so blessed to be involved in the inspiring and transformative field of social work!
once again-- thank you. and read below for my story. please pass this along to anyone with a generous spirit :)
hello, and thank you for reading this. my name is kayla and i am currently in graduate school, at the UW in seattle, pursuing my master's in social work. i have a hit a very rocky patch in my life since losing my job in the beginning of november. i have been looking for work and have applied to all the various social welfare programs (a very difficult feat for an aspiring social worker) and asked for all the resources i can think of. as it stands, i do not have enough money to make rent for january. there were some student loans that fell through and i am in a desperate situation. so i am asking for help. i've always wanted to do things on my own. i was certainly raised to value self-sufficiency and we, as americans, are socialized to believe that we need to do everything on our own. it was my goal to be an "independent woman". but turns out, that system is flawed. i have found this experience incredibly humbling-- i have no choice but to ask for help. and i must learn how to receive help. this "fundraiser" is a last-ditch effort to get the funds i need to get me through my next quarter of graduate school. granted, i have many more quarters left-- but i have to start somewhere. it is my hope that i can get the financial help that i need that will allow me to pay my rent for january, catch up with utility and light bills, and get the books i need for school. i am working a part-time temp job right now and am about to begin working for a homeless shelter on an on-call basis. i am more than willing to work hard and, honestly, i have worked very hard to get to where i am right now. but i can't do it alone. for anyone reading this who does not know me-- social work and social justice are my life. of course, i would love to go down in history as a pioneer in the field of social work, someone who blazed some sort of trail, someone who lead a cause and affected great change. however, my ambitions also consist of making small changes, recognizing baby steps, and celebrating any moment in a person's life wherein they are being exactly who they want to be. i worked at a homeless shelter in pioneer square for 3 years, then i worked as a case manager for a community mental health agency for 2 years. i have worked with people from many different backgrounds, people of different races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, income levels, etc. i have worked with a primarily mentally ill and chemically dependent homeless population. and i loved it. i want to continue this line of work, but let's be honest-- i can't even hope to assist my future clients if i, myself, am struggling to make ends meet. i just completed my first quarter of grad school and i loved it! i can't even describe that feeling of being in a room of my fellows-- people who think and believe in such similar thoughts and beliefs. i feel so incredibly lucky to be in this graduate program, with my cohort members, learning from these amazing professors. and i have been doing very well in school! i received high marks on all of my assignments and ended up with a 3.8 in both of my classes! it is my plan to finish my graduate studies in the spring of 2018. at that time i hope to have experienced a variety of different social work environments thanks to my practicum placements. i hope to have a much more finely tuned idea of what exactly it is i want to do next in my career. as it stands, i would love to work as a social worker for the innocence project northwest. i would also love to work as a case manager and release planner within a correctional facility. i am particularly passionate about where social work, mental health, and the law intersect. it is my deep belief that everyone has a story and deserves for it be heard. please be a part of my story. any amount, whatsoever, will help me immensely. and if a donation of money is not a possibility, please know that i appreciate any and all thoughts and prayers. thank you, kayla