I chose social work as my major for my undergrad.
Unlike many people who chose the field because they like children and helping people, I chose it because I consider myself capable of being rather logical than emotional when working with clients.
I love problem solving, mediating, and hands-on experience.
I also loved that there are many areas I could work within the field.
Sure, there are other reasons that made me choose social work.
I have lived in a house with no electricity, gas, or running water for years.
Everything in the house was repossessed. I have slept in a subway station stairway.
I know how destructive it can be.
But is it really worth it?
The 4 year degree to make what I would make working in a mall store?
and all the time and loan?
The stigma of having one of the worthless degrees? (Apparently employers consider it as the degree that's too easy that nobody can fail at)
I understand that most good heartened social workers aren't in the field for money, but how can I help other people when I got over 20k of debt, car payment, food and rent to stress over?
The only social worker I know, I see him coming home from work, obviously depressed and reaching for the bottles.
I barely got through my first year, working my ass off, juggling work and school. I'm thinking about dropping out of college. I have been for months and months. I thought this was my passion. I still think it is. But I just don't know anymore.
I would greatly appreciate some advice or opinions from the experienced.