While sitting on the bench by the tree on a Tuesday afternoon, a sudden sound caught my attention. Looking up straight from the newspaper, I was unable to figure out as to what was going on. The hustle and the bustle of the crowd veiled the actual scene. To join them, I directed to the place of commotion. Alas, a girl between 10 to 12 years of age was sitting on the middle of the road, adamant not to move. Upon taking a closer look, I noticed something peculiar about her; with a slightly deformed body, she was certainly a special child. I went near her and presented her with a small gift which I had earlier bought for my little brother. Simultaneously I shoved away the crowd in order to curtail her suffocated look. The girl wanted the gift so badly that she was willing to snatch it right away. Instead of giving it to her, I told her to come by the footpath. It took time, but I managed to get her away and gave her that beautifully wrapped package of chocolates and a teddy bear. She was delighted and so was I. This was the moment I was waiting for. This incident did not only encourage me to further an effort to achieve my goal, but it changed my life.
Social service is the love of my life. The incident of the little girl motivated me to formally pursue a career in my field of interest and so I opted for my Bachelors in Sociology from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah. Verily, it was my effort that got me a good GPA score of 3.93. Every single day at the university, was spent exploring the different aspects of serving humanity. This purpose was further expanded when I joined the Ministry of Social Affairs- Social Development in Arar as a Social Researcher in 2009. Since then, my work is directed to the field of special education where I have actively participated in planning policies and strategies to treat and to cater to the needs of the disabled people. Moreover, my work also incorporates the investigation about prevalent social problems and the ways to curb them. In this way, a greater part of my job is dedicated in addressing the development projects from focusing on designing and framing policies, to collecting and analyzing data. And I simply adore my work which has a core value of serving the community.
Being born in a family where helping others especially the deprived ones was a favorite past time, my preferences and opinions were shaped in a similar direction. I grew watching my parents not only take care of the plants and animals and weep when they died, but they invested a great amount of time looking after special children, the elderly, the poor and the neighbors. I saw hope and determination in their eyes to change the society. A similar yet a stronger gesture passed on to me. Consequently, I developed the eventual love for serving people regardless of their color, caste or creed. Therefore, to broaden my passion, I opted for a social service career where my current job at the Ministry of Social Affairs enables me to work for the greater interest of the society. In this way I am making the social quest and the dreams of my parents to take an official and effective turn which continues to take a stronger form. Hence, for this purpose, my interest in the related field would not only help me excel at the Master is Social work at the Western Kentucky University, but it will also keep the tradition alive. Also, my experience in the field of social work will certainly help other colleagues and the institute from an educational, designing and policy making perspective. The Masters program of the Western Kentucky University is appreciated and talked about by students and companies. Becoming a part of this program will surely open the doors of luck and success for me.
It was recently that I came across a similar incident which took place several years ago. While going for work, I noticed a man saving a mentally retarded boy from being hit by the car. The whole scenario reminded me about the moment which had played a vital role in my career. Again, I have the persisting need to continue my studies by becoming a part of one of the best universities existing today. Thus, doing my Masters in Social Work from the Western Kentucky University will further enhance my knowledge about social service by giving me an edge in the realm of dealing with the diverse population by giving me a chance to serve the society. In this way, I will be able to achieve a better position when I pass out which along with the Western Kentucky University, will make me and my parents proud and content.