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So… I have my master’s degree? Reflection on Grad School

So… I guess I have a master’s degree now? It’s a very real step toward getting my doctorate. And as a student, I am going to take this opportunity to reflect. I think the past two years of rigorous education and practicum (working with clients) have taught me a lot. I’ve learned that one of the most important things in our field, besides empathy, is confidence. I also don’t think I would’ve stuck it out unless I truly loved being a psychologist.

There was one day when I had a difficult group therapy session, and it left me doubting my own skills. “What if I never do therapy again?” I remember saying. “What if I only do neuropsych assessments?”
A few days later, my one-on-one client said that I am a person that she admires. She gave me a long list of my positive qualities and as I read it in front of her, I couldn’t believe it. I realized that I have a chance to help people in observable, direct ways. I stuck the list on my dresser where I could see it. It’s helped me whenever I doubt myself.

I’m also going to be starting my dissertation this summer. I have a meeting with my dissertation chair this Monday (omg, that’s tomorrow).
There are a lot of changes to come.
Another change is that I’ve become closer with a girl who is now my best friend. Before we became close, I think I kept a lot of my other friendships at arm’s length. I didn’t like to be vulnerable or share a lot with my friends. Instead, I’d ask questions about THEIR lives. I came into this year wanting to make deeper friendships, whether that meant somehow getting closer to my existing friends, or finding new ones. And then I met my current best friend. Whenever we spend time together, we are both fully open and honest with each other. No topic is off the table. She is sweet, funny, and very supportive. We also have the same schedule in school and the same practicum site, which means we see each other every day of the week.

Some of my clients are really funny, which adds color to my days. One of my favorite examples happened this week. I asked a girl about her new boyfriend. “Does he challenge you intellectually?”
“Very few people can challenge me intellectually.” She was very matter-of-fact about it, and it cracked me up. We should all have confidence like that!

Because I’m on spring break, I’ve been able to rest a bit more. My mental health was a dumpster fire, as you can tell by my last post, but I’m slowly climbing out of the trenches. I’ve set a digital detox on my phone, in order to improve my mental health.

The app forces you to pay $1 if you want to deactivate it, which is an amount just inconvenient enough to keep you off social media. I realized that social media was making me feel a lot worse than I already was. As soon as I installed the app, I felt a lot lighter.

With my free time, I decided to clean out my closet and sell some stuff. My Poshmark is @veravintage, in case you were curious.
I also picked up Sarah Dessen’s new book from the library. She was one of my favorite authors when I was younger.

I’ve started lifting heavier weights at the gym. This means that I sometimes have to hobble down the stairs after leg day, but the endorphins are worth it.

Obligatory progress pic, ft. empty locker room


That’s about everything on my mind for right now. Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!

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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!

3 thoughts on “So… I have my master’s degree? Reflection on Grad School

  1. Congrats on having your master’s! That is a HUGE accomplishment! I know what you mean about always asking questions about others but kind of keeping them at arms length. I am very similar to you in that regard!! It’s something I’m working on, too 😊

    How do you like the Sarah Dessen book?!

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