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A Day In My Life: Calling Clients, Weightlifting, and Diagnosing Netflix Characters

I’m at an in-between stage where I’m not done interviewing for grad school, so I haven’t gotten acceptance letters yet (or, what I hope will be acceptance letters). My anxiety about grad school tends to manifest itself through disturbed sleep. I had nightmares and slept worse than usual. Tossing and turning until 9 am, I finally got up, made a strong cup of coffee, and got right to business. Here’s the schedule I followed:

9:30-9:50 am clean room and change into workout gear.

9:50-10 am fill out and submit paperwork to Continuity Care. This is a company I work for; most of the employees are nurses. This is why we continue working regardless of the current state of affairs. I submitted my paperwork digitally. I wanted to drive down there to valiantly give my paperwork in person, wearing a thick pair of gloves, but then I realized that the office was closed.

10:00-10:30 am schedule Zoom sessions for my mom’s psychology clients, who all need assessments. I left 3 voicemails and successfully scheduled 2. “It’s been really hard lately,” one parent confessed, “because my wife and I are considered vital employees, so we both have to take more hours to compensate for people who were laid off. I don’t know how we will be able to supervise our son’s session!” Being a crisis counselor taught me how to respond. “I hear you,” I said. “Your situation sounds very stressful, and you’re brave for continuing to work.”

10:30-11:45 workout. At this point, I was hellbent on adhering to my schedule. My workout was awesome, but I may have sustained a tailbone injury. One of my friends, who also used to lift weights, says that cardio is easier on the body. I agree with her. Deadlifts are a pain in the butt (no pun intended).

At 11:45, I showered. Here’s why I schedule showers: since I’m trying the curly girl method, my showers take longer than 15 minutes. I never thought that doing hair could take so painstakingly long! I talked with my family and gave the cat more attention than he deserved.

1 pm- 2:00 pm Then, I was behind schedule. I looked for scholarships and submitted 2 no-essay ones. I also called a lady in Alabama because I needed more information about a scholarship, and she sent it!

2:00 pm-2:15 pm I got a call from the graduate school in Irvine asking to interview me. I’m so excited. I squealed when I heard. So much for playing hard to get, huh?

2:15-2:45 pm. I started watching You. I can’t get hooked on it, but Joe is the coolest character. Psychopaths are fascinating. I can never get hooked on Netflix; I grew up without a TV. Let’s see how well You goes!

2:45 pm I started writing this blogpost because I wanted ‘self-care’, which is an elusive concept. Maybe that’s why I crashed on Sunday; I needed time for myself. I took the first sign of a sore throat as an excuse to curl up and start a movie, paint my nails, and do some very intensive face-masking/moisturizing. I had the LEAST productive day of my life! I think being productive 6 days a week really took a toll on the seventh. That’s why I resolved to make today better. I’ll update you at the end of the day to tell you how it went.

It’s 8:32 pm. I finished working for Continuity Care and scored 4 out of 5 reports. All I have left is to edit my book and wind down for the night. Stay safe and healthy, guys.


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Hi everyone! I started my doctorate in clinical psychology in fall 2020. A google search revealed that there are no current grad school blogs for psychology students. Anyway, I happen to know a girl who wants to document her journey to getting a doctorate (spoiler: it's me). Welcome. Hope you stay awhile!

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