Author Archives: shansenmspp

About shansenmspp

I am a second-year school psychology student. I completed my undergraduate degree at Macalester College, with majors in Sociology and Spanish. In addition, I have a master's degree in Public Affairs. I have worked as a language teacher in the U.S. and Latin America, and I speak Spanish and some Portuguese. I love reading, yoga, cooking, traveling, and hanging out with good friends. Oh, and playing with my impish rescue pup, Atlas.

Thinking of applying to MSPP for a degree in School Psychology?

Things to Know…. There is no football team. There is a kickball team. There are clubs for practicing meditation, debating feminism, supporting LGBTQ students, meeting “non-traditional” students, doing yoga, watching films, and working in student government. The café at the … Continue reading

I’ve got the mid-January blues….

Yep, it’s that time of year again. Winter begins to feel not only dreary but interminable, football fans’ hearts beat faster, and the last of the holiday cookies are long gone. While the smell of Superbowl Subs may be in … Continue reading

Too bad I don’t drink coffee….

Last year it was Manic Mondays. This semester its Trying Tuesdays. Or Tired Tuesdays. Or Tuckered Tuesdays.  My day begins well before the sun is up, getting ready for my practicum. After a full morning of testing students, meeting with … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the unthinkable

One of the major takeaways from my three semesters of MSPP classes and practicum is the following: complex problems require complex solutions. Challenges that are years in the making will also be years in the un-making. And so it goes … Continue reading

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Speed limit to be determined

We are hurtling towards the end of the semester. I am not ready for the final onslaught of papers and exams, but here they come. Our cohort only has one more semester of “full-time” classes after this spring. Around this … Continue reading

Macho, macho man…

There’s a new man in my life. He can be a bit macho. He hates to be alone. His favorite food is hot dogs. And, he groans loudly when he’s cleaning his ears. He’s incredibly smart, and runs around like … Continue reading

It’s a great day to be alive!

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is nearly upon us. I’m not sure I’m completely ready for the slew of family gatherings, holiday parties, and final papers that usher in the coming season. It is also “prime time” for counselors … Continue reading

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Maybe I should invest in a set of crampons?

8 professors, 1 daunting first-year exam, 35 credits, 11 rigorous courses, a teacher licensing exam, 200 hours of practicum, and uncountable hours of studying later….we had made it! Well, sort of. If you want to be a school psychologist, getting … Continue reading

Spotlight on…..Chris!

Chris is a third-year in the school psychology program. He has been a teaching assistant and research assistant, and has some amazing hidden talents (like flying!) – he also was the first person to tell me about the program at … Continue reading

Succumbing to Sandy (and School), or Embracing the Unexpected?

This time last week I had no idea a hurricane was even in the weather forecast. Now, two canceled days of school, two postponed classes, 24 hours of whipping wind, and countless Twitter updates later, I can’t imagine Sandy not … Continue reading