Brianna Bozeman is a second year MSW student who grew up locally in Amherst, N.Y. and received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Buffalo State College. Bozeman was drawn to social work because she is “passionate about learning (about) people.” She wanted to expand upon her background in Psychology by comingling her pathology-oriented perspective with the person-oriented perspective offered by social work. She initially considered UB because a family member connected to the school made her aware of the opportunities available in the MSW program. Bozeman elaborates “I went to an MSW info session and learned about the program…it just really intrigued me.”
Bozeman loves that social work is such a broad field and allows her to work with a wide variety of people. Reflecting on her field placement experience at Olmsted Center for Sight, Bozeman admits “…it was my wakeup call that I have my own biases.” Not one to shy away from opportunities for personal growth, Bozeman also revealed her challenges with the academic rigor of the program. She says, “In undergrad I could sort of finagle my way through, but not with this program. It’s very professional. I’ve learned a lot about myself as a writer.” After applying herself and succeeding on the pinnacle assignment of the foundation year, Bozeman has no regrets about her decision to enter the MSW program and appreciates the personal growth she has experienced.
After graduation, Bozeman is open minded and hopes to continue working with people in a hospital setting. Recognizing that “everyone has their stuff,” Bozeman has learned “people are more resilient than they think.” She feels she has already learned so much about the world and the people around her and looks forward to the lessons held in her second year. To anyone debating becoming a social worker, Bozeman says “just do it, because it’s awesome.”