I was referred to MTW by my DCF social worker and my Treatment Coordinator. When I came in for my interview, I wasnervous and worried that if I talked honestly about myself I would be judged as melodramatic, weak and inadequate. I was truly surprised when I was called back for training. I went into training with an open mind but a lingering doubt that I was going to ruin everything and be a disappointment to everyone.
Unfortunately, after my first month, I wasn’t ready yet to face all of my past and be accountable for the MTW expectations; and I had to take time away from MTW. I took a month off to take care of myself. Once I felt like I was ready – I reapplied for MTW and started the process again. I became an associate, and started learning about the two components of the job – the business job and the you job. In the store front I learned how to have enthusiasm, food customer service that could persuade customers to buy books based on my recommendations, how to organize store events like open mic and how to make delicious lattes.
For my you job, I opened a bank account, learned to navigate public transportation and shadowed at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and other amazing places. I completed my college applications – and was accepted to Pine Manor College. I transitioned from MTW and decided to defer college for a year and work; it is great feeling that I am in charge of those decisions and I can attend college next year when I am ready. I know my self-efficacy really grew while at MTW. Self effi cacy is that sense that I am in control of my life, not a victim of my past, but the key to my own future.
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