Hey there! I’m Emma and I’m one of the UMB School of Social Work (SSW) students participating in the independent study in Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil. This is my last course as a UMB student. I walked in the convocation ceremony on 5/18 (see my shameless ceremony selfie on the above:) and then celebrated my July graduation a little early with a party at my folks’ home.
As I was preparing for this trip, I found myself reflecting on the steps that have led me to this point in my journey (insert inspirational instrumental music here), particularly the connection between my infatuation with Brazil and my passion for social work. So what follows below is a sort of condensed timeline of my personal history with Brazil, especially as it relates to my path to social work.