My Vision for Social Change My goal in life is to grow and develop an understanding of the mysteries of human behavior, with the vision of learning new and more effective ways to assist others experience their full potentials. With this in mind, and further influenced by my career choices as a war veteran, a preacher, and a mental health counselor, I have come to the understanding that life is never in what you take. Rather, life is in what you give to effect a positive social change in your environment and /or the people around you. Using the definition provided by the Walden University, positive social change is “a deliberate process of creating and applying ideas, strategies, and actions to promote the worth, dignity, and development of individuals, communities, organizations, institutions, cultures, and societies.” (Walden University, n.d.).
Embedded in this definition is the fact that positive social change is mostly made possible through deliberate and concerted efforts channel toward a specific goal. Therefore, having a vision is one thing, and realizing the vision is another. Yes, I want to help others experience their full potentials; but how will this be possible? Knowing full well that you cannot give what you do not have. This is where my choice of coming to pursue a MS in Mental Health Counseling at Walden University becomes so important. Walden University presented a vision statement of providing a “learning community where knowledge is judged rightly, to the degree that it can be applied by its graduates to the immediate solution of critical societal challenges, thereby advancing the greater global good.”(Walden University, n.d.) The practicality of this vision statement has been demonstrated.
It is the truth that Walden University and I shared same vision statement. Better still, Walden University knows the how of realizing the vision, which I need to learn. Going forward, therefore, I must act on the advice provided by Matthew Buckley, “trust that the vision that you have for yourself will be realized.” (Laureate Education, Inc. 2012). He went further to say that the University professionals “are standing ready to work with you, and keep you, and support you.” (Laureate Education, Inc. 2012)
References Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer), (2012). Walden MHC: Matt Buckley. Baltimore, MD. Author.
Walden University. (n.d.). Scholars of change. (Video). Retrieved from http://www.waldenu.edu/About-Us/39004.htm
Walden University. (n.d.). Vision and mission statements. Retrieved from http://www.waldenu.edu/About-Us/33598.htm