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Odds, Ends & Beginnings

Posted on May 17,2011 by jennymspp

First, I want to say thank you for reading my blog! It has been a "crazy" year. I tried to sum up what this past semester has been like for me and this is what came out. So enjoy, and so long!

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Tagged Personal Growth, School Psychology

A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer

Posted on April 13,2011 by jennymspp

Last week, I had the privilege of taking part in MSPP's annual production of A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer (MMRP). I read one of ten monologues that night, which all dealt with violence against women and girls around the world. There was a discussion afterward about the issues raised, and a raffle of self-care baskets. The proceeds will go to New Hope, an agency in Attleboro committed to ending domestic and sexual violence.

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Tagged Personal Growth, School Psychology

Why I Chose MSPP's School Psychology Program

Posted on March 31,2011 by jennymspp

I heard about MSPP from a girl I went to UMass with who worked in the same psychology lab as me. She graduated the year before me and told me when she got accepted to MSPP's forensic psychology program. I had never heard about MSPP before so I checked out the website. I saw that they had a school psychology program there so that really got me interested. The website also listed open house dates when you could visit the school. I made an appointment to attend an Open House event the following fall. When I got there, I was shocked at how small the campus was. It was literally one building (two now). At the open house, we could choose from a handful of different program presentations, school psychology being one of them. I was highly impressed by the openness and honesty of the school psychology faculty members who spoke. I liked the prospect of having small class sizes and greater individual attention. The professors seemed very dedicated in helping students succeed. And we got a great lunch for free! It was a long day but I got a lot of useful information out of it. Particularly from a first year school psychology student who calmed my nerves about living costs. He said students generally borrow extra money to cover daily expenses. But you have to be smart...don't borrow more than what you could possibly need! Oh, and I got a cool MSPP pen too.

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Tagged School Psychology, Applying to MSPP

Extracurriculars at MSPP

Posted on February 21,2011 by jennymspp

One thing that can really make you feel more connected to your school is to participate in extracurricular activities. In my experience, participating in activities outside the home can also improve your self esteem. Luckily, MSPP has a variety of activities available. I could not find anywhere on the website that listed these, so I thought it would be nice to have them all in one place. The following is not an exhaustive list, but a selection of activities which I happen to know a lot of details about. If you know of any extracurricular activities that are not on here, please let me know any details you have about them. I will update this post as I am made aware of more extracurricular activities at MSPP.

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Tagged Personal Growth, School Psychology

Buying Books For Grad School 2: More Tips

Posted on January 26,2011 by jennymspp

First of all, hi! We are back into another semester at MSPP. Hearing classmates complain about how much they paid for books this semester inspired me to revamp my very first post on book-buying. Since last summer, I have gained more expertise on how to save money when buying textbooks. My methods take more time and effort, but the money-savings make up for it.

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Tagged School Psychology

Nightmare After Christmas: One Student's Application Process

Posted on December 22,2010 by jennymspp

'Twas a few days after Christmas, and Jenny was recovering from the busiest semester ever. Honors courses with 8 hours of homework per day, plus a thesis first draft to do. With all this on her mind, applying to graduate school seemed unimportant at the time. Hadn't written her essays, hadn't asked for recommendations. Hadn't searched other schools, hadn't filled out applications! When suddenly it dawned on her, she had to get going and apply to MSPP before the mid-January deadline! She went on the website, and filled out the forms. She wrote up her essays: an autobiographical statement and purposes and goals. She e-mailed professors, who lectured and whined. But Jenny made the deadline, just in time.

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Tagged School Psychology, Applying to MSPP

A Self-Care Trip to Walden Pond

Posted on November 28,2010 by jennymspp

In one of my previous blogs, I had stated that I could not find any good hiking trails around the metrowest area. However, I have recently come to realize that while there may not be any mountains around, there are plenty of scenic trails to walk on. One especially pleasant place to walk is at Walden Pond in Concord, MA.

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Tagged Around Boston, School Psychology

Tips for Graduate Level Reading

Posted on November 23,2010 by jennymspp

I promised I would post this a while ago. It is something a teacher gave us that has really helped me get through the readings in many of my courses.

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Tagged School Psychology

T. Berry Brazelton "Learning From Babies" at MSPP

Posted on November 05,2010 by jennymspp

On Saturday, October 16th, 2010, a world-renowned researcher of developmental science, T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., came to speak at MSPP. Also presenting were: Myron Hofer, MD, Barry Lester, PhD, Jayne Singer, PhD, and Joshua Sparrow, MD. Topics included the newborn infant's capacity for state regulation; ways in which the newborn shapes the care-giving environment; newborn attachment behaviors and their meanings; the impact of maternal depression on mutual regulation; the impact of different subtypes of maternal depressive symptomatology; non-linear models of development; developmental disorganization on parental functioning; and implications for clinical intervention.

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Tagged Personal Growth, School Psychology

School Psychology Homework 411

Posted on October 19,2010 by jennymspp

One of the biggest worries I had about going to graduate school was the amount of homework I was expected to do. To prepare myself for graduate school, I joined the Departmental Honors track for Psychology my junior year at UMass. This was extremely challenging and had me doing homework 6+ hours per day some semesters. I always expected that graduate school would be as demanding if not moreso.

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Tagged School Psychology