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Rachel S.



Seattle, WA

Organizer since:

June 12, 2012

What got you interested in social work?

There were so many different factors. I had a rough adolescence and took up with a lot of other...err..troubled people. There were a lot of ups and downs, a lot of drama, but somehow I always found myself the problem solver, the supportive one, etc. It kind of came naturally. Years later, I found myself involved in a very scary situation, and someone reached out to me and really helped me work through the experience. Suddenly it all clicked: "Hey, *I* could do this! And get paid even (meagerly)"

What part of the field are you in?

I work in housing case management and do medical social work. I work pretty much every day of the week. This is both great (I learn a lot and am challenged constantly and rarely bored) and terrible (having time to do laundry has become a major luxury).

And now, the dreaded interview question: "What do you do for self care?" Translation: what do you consider a fun time?

Travel is the most important thing in my life. I have quit jobs to take epic journeys! The last few years it's been Scotland, Peru, Ecuador, and most recently, ICELAND (the most beautiful place I have ever seen). I am also a big fan of yoga, although I am not very skilled. And facials, man, when I can scrounge up the cash.

Do you have any ideas for fun meetups for this group?

I would just like to get together places where we can have a nice chat. Tea, potlucks, etc. But I am open to almost anything!

Can you share any non-social workey facts about yourself?

Well, I am a New Yorker, always a little adrift in Seattle. I can't wink (at all). I hate to drive. I love to bake, but am trying to give up refined sugar. I am a non preachy vegetarian. I live on Capitol Hill but will be moving to Columbia City in the fall/winter.


Hi, I am Rachel. I got my MSW a few years back out on the East Coast (my homeland) and have been social working ever since. I love what I do, but probably work way too much, splitting my time between housing case management and medical social work.

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