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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.

The (not-to-be) Dreaded Housing Search

Looking for housing in Boston can be stressful. It’s certainly not a renter’s market, and many apartments are over-priced, under-maintained, and old, particularly in areas with high student populations. But, don’t be discouraged! There are gems to be found in … Continue reading

Food for thought: School Psychology is like….

‘Tis the season for admissions interviews, final applications, admissions offers and decisions for school psychology programs. As first-years-to-be wade through this complex process, I am reminded of a conversation I had with other members of my cohort during our trip … Continue reading


Q & A (and chocolate chip cookies) with the President

I have been known to take on too much. This year is a perfect example of this tendency, as I juggle 5 classes, my 10-hour a week practicum, 2 work-study jobs, and a semi-regular babysitting gig, while still working out … Continue reading


What do school psychologists do, exactly?

School psychologists…. write reports. call parents. administer academic and cognitive assessments. play Chutes & Ladders. rely on statistical knowledge. organize social skills groups. implement preventive mental health programs. make copies. attend Child Study Team meetings. rewrite reports. consult with teachers. … Continue reading


The City of Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love

On Monday morning I packed my suitcase and hopped on a train to South Station and then on another train to Philadelphia for the annual National Association of School Psychology (NASP) Convention. It was a week of full-on NASP-iness; social … Continue reading

Happy Valentine’s Day!

In the spirit of the day, I thought I’d put out this Warning to Potential Significant Others: If you are thinking of dating a first-year school psychology graduate student…. – You will be asked to act like a 10-year old … Continue reading


For you ambitious types out there….

Are you thinking about studying to be a school psychologist? If you’re not sure if this field is for you, there are many ways to find out such as shadowing a school psychologist at work or attending MSPP information sessions … Continue reading



A couple of weeks ago, our cohort got together for a night of potlucking and board games. We’re mostly game nerds, and there’s usually a round of scrabble, banana-grams, or gin-rummy underway whenever we have some free time (which is … Continue reading


Can you walk and chew gum?

Before starting a school psychology program, I thought I was pretty good at multi-tasking.  In Chile, I learned to flag down a speeding bus, while talking on the phone, and helping an elderly woman get into her car. As a … Continue reading



At the end of last semester, our first-year school psychology cohort learned that we would be losing one of our members to a counseling program. We were sad to see her go but we understood and respected her decision. What … Continue reading

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