Whose Watching

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Almost a decade ago, when I started teaching college part-time at Seton Hall, I fell in love with it and said I eventually wanted to teach in higher ed full time because I felt I could make a major impact in the students, which eventually led me to pursue my PhD.  Someone told me that “those rich White kids” didn’t need me, that the poor Black kids I work with full-time needed me more.
Fast forward to May 2014…one of those old so-called “rich White kids” contacts me. They told me that they went on and got their Masters in Social Work – just like me. They also became a School Social Worker in an urban district – just like me.  Recently, they also became an Adjunct Professor of Social Work – just like me. Tears came to my eyes as I thought back to the comment that I wouldn’t make a difference. Had I listened to that negativity, that person may not be who they are today and I would not be either. You don’t have to have the same ethnicity, culture, religion, or socio-economic status to impact another person’s life. Be the best you that you can be because you never know who is watching.

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