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đź•ŽBlognukkah Day 7: Resolutions

Good morning, friends. I’m learning a new method of writing. I’m using an audio recording and then having the app transcribe for me. I actually learned this from my supervisor. He uses audio quite often and dictates many reports into a recorder.

Today I woke up really early because I had a neuropsych testing client at 8:00 am, which meant I had to get to practicum at around 7:40. I am quite exhausted, but it’s okay, because this is the last assessment that I’ll be doing with the client. After that, all of the puzzle pieces will fit together and I’ll be able to provide a diagnosis.

I still have a little more time before I actually have to get up, so there’s time for reflection. Lately, I’ve been thinking that it’s almost the end of the year. I have a tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions. I’m realizing this year that I’m not keen to do that because all of my goals are career related, and I think about them so much that I practically have them memorized as is.

Last year, I resolved to work on my book more and to maybe write more. I know I resolved to drive on highways, which I accomplished. So that’s progress. But truthfully, all of the goals that I care about are related to my doctoral program. For example, my main goals are to land a good practicum site for next year, and to get an internship for 5th year in California. I also want to finish my dissertation early and get a good grade on my comp exam.

I don’t tend to look back at resolutions throughout the year. I just keep them in mind. Also, when I set resolutions, I feel an acute sense of disappointment if I did not accomplish them. I struggle to write in a planner regularly for the same reason — I set too many goals and feel bad if I don’t accomplish them. Therefore, this year, I’m going to break tradition and not create a list.


Update: today’s work day was not as busy as usual. The morning testing went really well. My patient didn’t eat breakfast, so I ended up giving them a cereal bar from my supervisor’s snack cabinet. This is approved and encouraged, believe it or not, because hunger affects test performance.

After that, I worked on reports with the other three interns, and then we all took turns going over them with our supervisor. On my lunch break, I went to the grocery store and bought some snacks. Among them were squeeze apple sauces (easy to eat on the go) and fruit leather. I also called my grandma.

I initially thought about going to the gym after work, but I woke up so sore that I struggled to stand and sit. I may be 22, but my body thinks it’s 82, I thought to myself. Technically it’s good to be sore after a workout, but it means you should take a break. I decided not to exercise. Instead, I went thrifting. It was a fun after-work activity and I spent a grand total of $5.

At night, I cooked a tofu stir fry.

Disclaimer: despite what the past few posts may have you think, this is not my favorite food, nor did I go vegan. But it takes like 10 mins to cook, so it’s a win.

After that, my brother made the most delicious chicken, which I say every time, and then he does an even better job. He spends hours in the kitchen, unlike some tofu chefs that shall not be named.

Apart from that, I don’t have too many thoughts on today. I plan to make a post summing up the outfits that I wore over the past few weeks, because I’ve really been loving fashion lately, and I think it’s fun to juxtapose professional fashion with personal style.
It is currently 10:40 pm. I am going to track my practicum hours so that I don’t end up with all of them piled up like last time (ha) and then that’s it for tonight!


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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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