A First Year’s First Feelings…

Here we go again… new school, new faces, how hard will this be? How much homework
will I get (by which I mean I really want to know if I still have time to watch
Castle!)? When college rolled around I felt so ready to jump in feet first, was
so excited to live away from home and to leave my little hometown in favor of
the experiences John Hughes would write movies about. Four years in college (of
which Adam Leff and Zak Penn did write about !) and four years out in the world
of work, and I find myself more reserved about this new thing awaiting me- even
my health insurance company refers to this as a “major life event”!

Having moved back to that little hometown, gotten a dog, a fiancé, and a job I have
remained passionate about for four years running I am returning to academics
because I need to know more. I have been working with children with emotional
and behavioral disorders in a last stand setting, seen the trauma take its
toll, and oftentimes wondered how these children spiraled so far out of
control. If I want to continue my work with children in this field I need the
appropriate education and training to make a greater difference in their lives.

So, while I know graduate school will be a lot of hard work –even more so than my
40 hour work week- and am acutely aware of the dire straights my finances will
be in, I feel confident, relieved, and excited to graduate from my job and
begin my first year!

About sthurstonmspp

I am a 28-year-old-School-Psychology-CAGS/PsyD-student. Whew, what a mouthful. Journey and Styx rock my world, and some hardcore volleyball makes it go round n' round. I have spend the past six years working at a school/residential facility for children with emotional and behavioral disorders, and when I tried to quit in order to begin grad school, it just didn't take- I continue to pick up shifts every week so I can see my kids. I am a new homeowner about 40 minutes outside of Boston (another favorite band) with my husband and my 3 year old (rescued) mutt, Maisy. I am going to do my best to invite you inside my thoughts as I continue my grad school career as a simultaneously juggle my full time internship, CAGS classes and begin my journey into the PsyD- enter at your own risk!
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5 Responses to A First Year’s First Feelings…

  1. Blaze says:

    Wow I must confess you make some very tcrenhnat points.

  2. Graduate school is difficult but that’s why you’ll get the big bucks when you graduate :-) From my many years working at a graduate institution, my best advice is to make time for yourself and your family. It does no good to burn yourself out.

  3. Dave Sims says:

    You seem to have your priorities straight and a good vision for the future. It will be hard but something that you will achieve. Children are waiting for your counseling and before you know it you will be changing lives forever.

  4. rowlind says:

    nice info is very helpful for me

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