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A Busy Day of Interviewing and Studying! 📚 *I’m so happy

Hello, friends! I am approaching today with the kind of vigor that comes with being a morning person or after consuming a large cup of coffee. It’s going to be a busy day. On the menu, we have 1) a paper to write, 2) a stats quiz to study for, 3) my top choice practicum site to interview for, 4) a leg day workout, and 5) a Continuity Care session. I’m going to try to make this blog post relatively organized, although today is anything but.

I’ve mentioned on the blog before that I have trouble sleeping some days, and last night was one of them. So, as Forever 21 t-shirts and millennials everywhere would proclaim: “but first, coffee”.

I promise never to wear this.

Let’s figure out what I’m wearing instead.

I snapped this picture a second before I was ready, but this is my outfit. A cashmere sweater (my mom’s) and a pink floral skirt (thrifted).

I wrote my diversity paper (it was just a one-page description of a person who would be introducing us to their culture, and why they were qualified). Mine was a random person who messaged me off a facebook group, and who ended up being the perfect cultural guide.

Then, I prepared for my interview while listening to music. Preparation time is 90% spent on my appearance and 10% on researching the company. I’m kidding, kind of.

As my friend Peri wrote: “why do you always look like you are about to walk down a runway?” I liked this outfit.

Unfortunately, minutes before the interview, I received a call from the practicum site saying that there was an emergency client. “Do you have time on another day this week?” I told them that I did, and rescheduled for Thursday. But, since I’m writing this two days later, I can tell you that today, I put on this exact outfit, researched even more, and practiced again.

And, again, an hour before, they called to reschedule me. Either this site has no shortage of emergency clients, or interviewing practicum students is not high on their list of priorities. I was kind of a grouch as a result of being cancelled on (twice!!). Next, I studied for my statistics quiz, did my session for Continuity Care, and then I had a surprising appointment at night.

See, during one of my never ending ventures into the “miscellaneous” section of Craigslist, I found this ad: “Life coaching, free for 6 weeks!” As a doctoral student in psychology, I am skeptical of anyone who tries to give advice without having the education to back it. However, I’d be remiss to suggest that the word “free” doesn’t have a certain appeal. Long story short, that Tuesday night, I had my first free life coaching session.

I went in not knowing what to expect, and was pleasantly surprised! My life coach was a friendly and beautiful woman whose first question was whether I had one goal I wanted to work on. “One goal?” I thought. “I have too many goals to choose only one”. But in the end, I knew which one I wanted. To publish my book. The life coach loved what it was about. She had a CBT-like model, and it felt as though she knew what she was doing. To make a long story short, my goal of the week was to edit my book on my own. Although I hate editing, my other, less desirable options are to fork over hundreds of dollars for an editor, or, more scarily, to hand it over to my friends and family to scrutinize.

She suggested that I give the book to someone else to read, but I feel like it needs to be perfect before anyone close to me sees it. I value their opinions more, and my confidence in my book is not the highest due to rejections from agents, so I know that if they hate it, I would probably scrap the whole thing. Anyway, we talked about that and more. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d say this, but I really liked the life coach! I am genuinely excited for our session next week. The “homework” she gave me was to use a speech to text app, which makes listening to my book easier than reading it.

So, here I am. Editing. That concludes my busy Tuesday! I hope yours was good too.


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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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