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Arizona in December

Posted on December 20,2011 by jgarciamspp

The two hour time difference, the open roads, and the warmer weather -It was 70 degrees on Friday!- all seem somewhat foreign to me now.

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Tagged Forensic Psychology

'Tis the Season

Posted on December 01,2011 by jgarciamspp

Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, and those certain stations that play non-stop Christmas music have been doing so since the middle of November. (How many versions of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" are there?!)

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Tagged Forensic Psychology

Arizona's SB1070

Posted on November 22,2011 by jgarciamspp

I made it through my 3rd Weekend in Residence and I had a blast! Not only did they feed us Thai food on Sunday (Community Time sponsored by the Dean of Students' Office) and stack the schedule with amazing speakers (Amy Wax - immigration attorney, Michelle Ashley Figueiredo - LGBT activist and spokeswoman, and Andrea Neumann-Mascis - psychologist) but I got to give a presentation of my own. My topic of choice: Arizona's Senate Bill 1070.

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Tagged Forensic Psychology

The Promise

Posted on November 15,2011 by jgarciamspp

One of my classmates recently asked me if I was a glutton for (academic) punishment. After I thought about it for a second I figured that it was a real possibility. As if I didn't have enough on my plate already I just added a bit more. If you have read any of my previous blogs you will undoubtedly see that my schedule is pretty packed. Now it is going to be even more packed!

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Pet Therapy

Posted on November 01,2011 by jgarciamspp

During Fundamentals Week at MSPP there was one thing that was emphasized more than anything else: Self-Care. Every professor present even let us newcomers in on their personal self-care secrets. Some are devoted to their television programs while others love to cook, sleep, exercise, or play Angry Birds for hours on end.

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Tagged Forensic Psychology

Blended Courses Demystified

Posted on October 25,2011 by jgarciamspp

I made it through my finals!

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Tagged Forensic Psychology

National Coming Out Day

Posted on October 11,2011 by jgarciamspp

Although I had wondered what I might post in my blog about National Coming Out Day (in support of the LGBT community) I was relieved to find that the work had already been done for me. Dr. Jessica Stahl, a faculty member at MSPP and a co-chair of the school's GSA, was published in today's edition of the WestRoxburyPatch. Her article offers resources on coming out, what to say if someone comes out to you and more.

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Dr. Cynthia Lucero

Posted on October 11,2011 by jgarciamspp

Dr. Cynthia Lucero is a name I have heard over and over again since my arrival at MSPP. In fact, her legacy was one of the things that tipped the scale for me when making my final decision about which graduate school to attend. The promise of becoming certified to work with the Latino population by way of an immersion program (in Ecuador and Costa Rica) was like a dream come true. I would be able to give back to my community AND learn to embrace my Hispanic heritage at the same time.

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Tagged Latino Mental Health, Applying to MSPP

Weekend in Residence

Posted on September 27,2011 by jgarciamspp

I love school so much that I decided to spend the weekend there. Just kidding. Well, I did spend the weekend there but it wasn't because I have an unhealthy attachment to my school. (Go, MSPP! Woohoo!)

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The Affirmation

Posted on September 23,2011 by jgarciamspp

OK. I promised you a joke in the event that my first (real) day at Stevens was not absolutely amazing. However, despite the fact that there were no dramatic or traumatic events that would trigger an "awesome" on my day-rating scale I did have a great time (which I will get into later). So, even though it was not a total bust I still feel like I telling you a joke. Here it goes:

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Tagged Forensic Psychology