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A New Chapter: July 2022

I’ve had a busy and fulfilling start to July. Let me catch you up.

Highlights and Fireworks

My fourth was one of the best fourths of July that I’ve had in a while. My sister and her friend invited us to a free concert with a promising fireworks display.

Our spot was perfect for seeing fireworks. I joined my sister in a rousing chorus of “I’m so GLAD! THAT I LIVE! in the U-S-A!!”.
“Some improvements could be made,” our friend chimed in.
“Yes,” I agreed, “but it sure beats the communism that my family escaped from.”
We came home late, and my brother’s party was just winding down. We took many pictures. It was a day for the books.

New Practicum

I am about to start a new practicum site. Leaving my old one is bittersweet. I’m not leaving yet, but I’m cutting back to one day so that the overlap is more manageable. My schedule is going to be as follows:

On M and W, I am at my new site. On F, I am at my former site. And for T and Th, I will focus on dissertation, school-related tasks, and report-writing.

I’m also realizing that pencilling in “gym” is not a good idea. I have no idea when I’ll be able to exercise, but you bet I’m going to find time. If the American heart association recommends 30 minutes of exercise per day, who am I to disagree?

My sites are very different. At my former site, I spent a year doing group therapy, individual therapy, and intakes for a dual-diagnosis population. I feel like I’ve been thrown into the deep end this first year, but I’ve also learned how to swim in tough conditions. My new site is mostly an assessment site with some therapy. I will live up to the picture on this blog (it’s a picture of a human brain, perfect for a budding neuropsychologist). I’m very excited. I will write you a review of my first day soon.

Short Distance and Long Distance

Two of my favorite people are moving. My best friend moved and is now ten minutes away from me. I’ve never actually helped anyone move, so I volunteered to help. We loaded up my car and her car. She taught me a moving hack.

Group your clothing pieces together on the rack, and put them in a garbage bag, with the hangers still peeking out. That way, when you move, you just put the hangers on your new rack, peel off the garbage bags, and everything is already hanging!

I like her new place a lot. Mostly, I like that even though we will be at different practicum sites this year, our houses are closer than ever. At the same time, my relationship is about to be long distance (one hour and a half away by car). So there is a big transition to navigate. That sums up how July is going. I wish I had a crystal ball to see how this third year of my doctoral program will go. It’s looking like all good things.

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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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