Tia’s at the BLC: Part 1

Tia's pic    Hello, my name is Tia Murray. I am a highschool senior at a small charter school, Codman Academy. My school requires every student to complete two internships, one as a junior and the other as a senior. They believe it is important for students to go out and take on real jobs in order for them to learn how to be responsible. Also, as college is the next step in our lives, these internships give us an insight on what it would be like to join specific fields.

My mom inspired me and was the key factor in why I want to join a field such as social work. When I was younger, I struggled to cope with how little I saw her. As a single mother of three she was constantly working in order to provide us with everything we needed. She made no excuse, we were her priority. As a senior in high school, and still to this day, it amazes me how she was able to not only support us but have the time to give back. When we took family trips back to my birthplace, Jamaica, my mom always brought  barrels with her. Inside of these containers was cooking oil, rice, clothes, etc. She would then share it with the people who lived in our community on the island. My mom never forgot about where she came from. Even though she did not have a lot of money, she knew there were families who struggled more than ours.

I am at Boston Living Center shadowing Morrigan because I want to see what it feels like to be a social worker. I want to be able to take part in activities such as yoga and art in order to get to know the members more. I believe everyone one has a story and a purpose and it would be a pleasure to be able to build relationships within this community so that I can learn more. An experience like this will never be forgotten, it is a step in building my future.

I have only been here for three days but I have learned so much. The first day was more informational. I read articles on HIV and was introduced to the staff. The second day I felt like a businesswoman, traveling from one location to another for meetings. I really appreciated having the opportunity to sit in on these discussions. The first group was representatives from different organizations coming together in order to discuss what they have been doing and different ways to get the youth more involved in the fight against HIV. My second meeting took place at Boston Living Center with the members from CAB (community advisory board). Apart from their humorous personalities, I was intrigued by their rigorous ideas on how to improve the program. The third day was more hands on than any other day because I was in the kitchen. I learned how to cut different vegetables and then was able to serve the food. During this time I conversed with the kitchen staff and volunteers where I got to know them on a more personal level.

Though I am only in my first week, I already feel some sort of acceptance and bond from the BLC community. I am excited and honored to continue to participate in activities and meetings in order to better understand this organization and its purpose.

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