Who are you?
My name is Priscilla Gomez. I am a 27 year old Chicana/Latina woman in the Masters of Social Work program at California State University of Fullerton. I obtained my Bachelors of Art in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. I am a first-generation college student in my family. My mother immigrated to the United States from Mexico before being able to finish her college degree. My father was born and raised in the Southwest of United States of Mexican immigrants. My father was able to obtain his Associates of Art degree from Cypress Community college, but feared he would not succeed in further education. I tell you about my parents because it is their history that has made mine. Their aspirations in higher education are what shaped my own aspirations in this pursuit. Pursuing my Bachelor’s degree was a dream instilled in me by my parents because it was what they wished for themselves but had passed it on to their children to follow. Obtaining my Master’s degree was a dream further extended by the hope and desire to see and practice mental health well-being for myself and the community at large.
What field are you in and what attracted you to that field?
I am in the field of Social Work because it is grounded in the field of Mental Health. I was attracted to this field because I learned I could obtain my License in Clinical Social Work to practice therapy, I could be a community organizer and educator, a political advocate, a healthy professional, and the list continues. The versatile profession of Social Work was most attractive.
How do you hope to use your master’s degree to improve the health of your community?
I hope to practice individual therapy and obtain my License in Clinical Social Work to provide quality and ethical treatment to individuals seeking and needing mental health services. I believe in the collaboration among the entire health care profession and educating the community on the benefits of treating mental illness with the utter most sensitive approach to address the needs and concerns of the community from their personal experience.
What is a resource or advice you wish you had before starting your Master’s program?
My advice to new students in transition, either from high school to college, from college to job, or undergraduate to graduate school, is to be reminded that education is a journey. It is never ending, and just because you receive a degree it does not immediately change your life but that it is constantly reshaping your life with new doors of opportunities. Enjoy the experience! The stress to get the “best” grades will always be there, but you already hold the most powerful tool to success and that is YOU! Your history, your journey, your path is what makes your educational experience unique, wonderful and beautiful. Take a deep breath, smile, and remember to self-care!