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Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Banana Chronicles

So, other than moving to New York and starting a new externship at Mount Sinai things have been relatively mellow. I have been keeping myself busy with things like going to Soul Cycle classes, going shopping, taking strolls through central park, and catching up on episodes of Pretty Little Liars.

Psychhhh. Just kidding.

I kept myself busy by   f r e a k i n g   out about my dissertation and defending my proposal.

Okay. Confession. I was going to Soul Cycle (spin) classes. It is my newest New York City obsession. Self-care, right?

Fine. Second confession. I do watch ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars...but you can't judge me. This is a judgement free zone... and it's my blog.



But, I was spending MOST of my other not-so-free time being really, really worried about dissertation.

Like, really worried. Even ask Pat [McElwaine]. He will tell you all about the neurotic texts he received from me...

I think I was mostly worried because I have this amazing committee that is also a trifecta of intimidation...

...and I just didn't want to disappoint them.

Once I realized that proposing to 2 sock puppets and a beanie baby** wasn't a reality, and that if I wanted to apply to internship this year I better put on my big girl panties, and get to work.

**Don't worry I have a run in with a beanie baby later on in this story 

It is a PCOM Psychology Department policy that in order to apply for internship you must defend your dissertation proposal by September 1st.

Let me just say, that in the middle/end of July, you will suddenly realize (feel a sense of panic) that September 1st is a lot closer than you think

....and then realize (feel a sense of sadness) that your summer is basically over.


Word of advice. Start coordinating a date for your proposal as soon as you can.

The summer tends to be a time when faculty and other committee members take vacation. So, it can be a challenge to coordinate a date that agrees with everyone's' schedules. Luckily, for me it wasn't too difficult!

But, the date of my proposal defense was scheduled a little sooner than I would have liked because it is what worked with all of the multiple schedules involved.

To say, I was nervous or anxious would have been an understatement.

Emotionally unstable would definitely be a better description.

I could NOT keep it together.

The thought of presenting my proposal to my committee created a wave of nerves in my body that made me cry instantly.

And I am not a crier.

For example, walking home from the subway one day I saw a Shih Tzu in the window of a pet store and it reminded me of my dog Bailey, who is currently staying with my parents... and I started hysterically crying.

Like, really, Jackie? Get it together girl.

Poor Pat and Ashley [Hennessey] (who was also proposing the exact same day as me--we have a similar committee)... because they had to deal with the fact that I was an emotional train wreck. They are amazing friends!

Anyway, two weeks before D-Day (Dissertation Proposal Defense Day) I met with Dr. Felgoise, my committee chairperson to go over my proposal.

When I sat down in the chair in her office, and I warned her that I was "Totally emotionally unstable about this whole proposal thing and that I will probably cry.... now."

I actually only teared up, maybe whimpered, and then I started laughing through my tears.

Because Dr. Felgoise is amazing and just being in her office made me feel better. She did everything she could that day to cheer me up and calm me down.

Including, insisting, and I mean really insisting that I take Bananas as a loan to make me feel better.

This. ladies and gents... is Bananas.


Meet Bananas! 


Here is Bananas meeting Ashley for the first time!!


Bananas and I needed a break from writing, so we took in the view of the NYC skyline from my rooftop deck! 


Bananas and I engaged in some self-care at Soul Cycle. Bananas had a hard time keeping up with the class. The spin shoes weren't quite the right size, and his little legs didn't exactly reach the peddles on the bike. After class, we enjoyed some kale juice as a post workout treat!


Bananas got the full NYC experience with his first NYC cab ride! 


Bananas and my little cousin, Kaitlyn enjoying lunch (and a quick writing break) for a delicious burger at NYC's Mercer Kitchen! 


Another little word of advice: never let a monkey edit your dissertation... 


In case you're wondering, yup, I ACTUALLY did take alllll of these pictures of a beanie baby named Bananas doing different things in NYC. But, like I said before, this is a judgement free zone... 

Bananas, was actually returned to Dr. Felgoise last week after I SUCCESSFULLY defended my proposal! 


**Results of my Proposal Defense**

That's right! Last Tuesday was D-Day! 

Everything, went really well minus a few hiccups here and there. 

For one, I waited until the last minute to print out my slides. DON'T DO THAT. 

I guess because I am Irish, Murphy's Law and I inevitably get along really well. 

So, obviously, the printer in the computer lab decided it was going to hate life, or mine that day. 

Basically, the printer just printed my slides in whatever order, superimposed on top of each other, and then just ran out of toner. Cool.

This allowed me to play a game of Old Maid slash Go Fish while I was presenting. Good times. 

Thankfully, Dr. Felgoise recognized at one point I was wearing a face of desperation and fear... and asked me if I needed a moment to gather myself and slides... I gladly took her up on the offer. 

I also found that 10 minutes into presenting I was pleading with my saliva. Saying, "Saliva don't fail me now!" 

But, my saliva totally failed me and my water bottle was too far out of reach.  

My mouth was completely dry for the rest of the defense.  

Slide printouts and saliva debacle aside everything else went really well. My committee was super supportive and encouraging, and I found the process to be really collaborative. 

As we were nearing the end, I could feel myself becoming more and more relaxed. However, there was one last hiccup, when Dr. Felgoise asked me a question about what would I do to help ALS patients (the population I am studying for my dissertation) as a clinical psychologist. 

*Crickets* 

Could. Not. Answer. The. Question. 

How embarrassing?!? 

I talked in circles for a few minutes before saying, "I know I am talking in circles."

She tried helping by leading me to the answer with some Socratic questioning, but it was still a nightmare. I just felt myself becoming more and more nervous. I completely blacked out. 

I was so angry at myself because I wanted to demonstrate to my committee that I have the ability as a clinical psychologist in training to generate ideas (whether I just wrote a literature review or not) about how I would help a patient and their family prepare for anticipated speech decline. 

Anyway, I promised myself that I would not perseverate on this and this is me totally perseverating. 

On wards and upwards, right?. 

The next steps require me to make the necessary changes to my proposal discussed at the defense and apply to IRB. 

Even though I was so, so nervous about the proposal I am really excited about the rest of the dissertation process. Not only because it means I am one step closer to completing my requirements for graduation, but because I am a total research nerd! 

Having this hurdle out of the way is a huge accomplishment. Also, a special shout out to Ashley and Pat are in order as they also passed their proposals! Their support and encouragement was huge. It helped to make this step much easier, so thank you to both of them!! 

My last piece of advice for those of you just starting the dissertation process and beginning Research III now is this: (1) Pick a chair that you get along with; (2) Do the work and stay on task with the schedule; (3) Participate in class and talk about your study--don't just sit in class on your laptop doing other work or pinning pins on Pinterest; (4) Meet with your chair as frequently as you can to talk about your study 

Everyone gets a little Bananas once and a while.  So, until next time! 

xoxo, 

Gossip Girl

Whoops wrong blog! ;) 

All the best,

Jackie


P.S. In case I didn't accurately express my sentiments regarding passing the oral defense: 









Friday, August 16, 2013

Philly to New York

I cannot believe the last time I wrote an entry was in March! Wow. 

Well, a lot has been happening since then and I am excited to share!

As I previously mentioned in my last entry, I decided to move to New York to be closer to my family and friends. For my 4th year, I accepted an externship with Mount Sinai’s Rehabilitation psychology and Neuropsychology placement.

So, at the end of May, (after having only moved 3 months prior**) my mom (who from here on out will be referred to as “Patty”) and I packed up my apartment in Lafayette Hill and headed for Manhattan.

**check out the Mickey Mouse picture in the entry before for a further explanation


I just have to say that, Patty is the best. I could not have done it without her and she could totally be professional mover at this point. She will probably kill me for saying that though!

It was really nice because I had some down time to move and get settled into my new place in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan before starting at my site after the Fourth of July!

However, I have to admit that even though I was born and raised in New York, living back here at first was a little bit of culture shock after having been in Philly for the past 3 years.

I found myself overwhelmed by the fast pace life of Manhattan. I was frustrated at how others were quickly annoyed with me if I did not move at the speed of light.

I mean, sorry I am not sorry, but I am not Buzz Lightyear.






Patient 1: Grocery Girl
A girl in the grocery store cut in front of me because I did not grab my basket to a quickness of her liking. Fine. I admit, I am easily distracted. But, hey, perhaps, the shine of the Fuji Apples caught my eye. Whatever, relax girlfriend. You will get a basket too. Obviously, Patty didn’t help the situation when she chimes in and says, “Jack--You’re back in New York and not moving fast enough.”

Okay, I know I just made it sound like I took an hour to grab a basket. It wasn’t. Bottom line. As a New Yorker, I found myself starting to perceive New Yorkers' according to their stereotype...Rude.


Patient 2: Blonde Girl from the 26th Floor
The second situation happened more recently in my building. I live in a high rise, which, yes, just as it sounds there are a lot of floors... so, during “rush hour,” as people are arriving home from work the elevators are extremely PACKED. This might seem obvious (and something you might consider when buying/leasing an apartment). Especially, the higher the floor you live on the longer it is going to take to get to your apartment... Common sense, no?

Well, the blonde from the 26th floor seemingly failed to understand this concept. As more and more people gathered into the tiny 4.5 by 6 foot space, the Blonde girl from the 26th floor talked loudly into her phone.

So, how did I know she lived on the 26th floor you ask? Did I see her press the 26? No.

I know this because as more and more people pressed numbers less than the number 26 her sighs became more and more elated. She then shouted and whined to the poor victim on the other end of the phone, “Oh my godddd, I hateeee living on the 26th floor, all of these people live below me and we have to stop at their floors nowwaaaaa.”

Listen.

Since, I have been in this program, I have made an academic and professional goal to try and maintain a professional decorum both in my personal and professional life. However, there are sometimes when biting my tongue is really hard, like really, really hard.

This is one of those moments where it took a whole lot of restraint, mindfulness, whooosssaas, and a Namaste in order to get the job done.

While everyone else in the elevator was scrolling through their Facebook newsfeed on their iPhones and pretending they just didn’t hear Veruca Salt. The normal and well-adjusted guy to my left was hysterically laughing because this was actually the most ridiculous scene ever. So, I turn to him, and in a not-so-whisper I say, “Yes, life on the 26th floor must be so hard with us feudal peasants living below you." He laughed even harder.


I mean, seriously?! 
  1. You’re in an elevator. No one wants to hear your conversation.
  2. See my comment regarding something you should probably consider before moving to the 26th floor.
  3. Rude
I started to wonder are New Yorkers’ really THIS rude? Was I ever perceived as rude when I moved to Philly? I am always so quick to come to the defense of how helpful and kind we really are, whenever someone stereotyped the ignorant New Yorker, but now I am not so sure...

Don’t worry; my faith was quickly restored once externship started...

So, Mount Sinai is in East Harlem... just 8 stops on the 6 train from my apartment!

One day recently while I was walking to the subway I legit face planted in the middle of the street. Not too sure how I went down, but I am thinking it was the result of a pothole.

No, I was not texting.

And no I was not wearing a pair of my crazy heels.

(For those of you that know me and are asking yourselves these exact questions).

Moving on with my story...so, I had my backpack on, weighing me down with my laptop and books in it, which propelled my body forward, and making it a really nasty fall. 

This is a picture of the "Scene of the Crime." I wanted to prove to certain family members that the road was REALLY UNEVEN... and this wasn't just me randomly falling... again. 



I mean I wasn’t out cold, but I was definitely stunned. Anyway, This nice man came running from the corner to my rescue and actually scooped me up out of the street! He was so sweet and nice; and helped make sure my backpack was zipped before I continued my walk back to the subway.

I was embarrassed and really bruised; but, I actually started to feel like I belonged in New York again.

I am starting to feel like I belong at Mount Sinai too. It’s been a little over a month now, and things have been moving full speed.

I work alongside two other externs, who are also 4th year students at their respective doctoral programs. We essentially run the entire partial hospitalization/day program for adult patients with traumatic brain injuries. The patients have significant injuries, with serious deficits and are moderately to low functioning.

Prior to this year, I have worked mainly with children and adolescents. So, working with adults is definitely a challenge; but I love being challenged.

This is also my first time working in a partial hospitalization setting. I really enjoying running groups and administering Attention Process Training (APT) (To find out more about APT click here- it's cool: Attention Process Training)...these are definitely my two favorite activities to do with the patients!

For those of you interested in neuropsychology and/or cognitive rehabilitation, I really encourage to take the neuropsychology elective sequence that is offered!

I took all of the classes in the sequence last year. I found that they really prepared me well for some of things that I will be expected to participate in this year as part of my training.

Not to mention, I think it impressed my supervisor as to how aware PCOM is of what is needed in the field of cognitive rehabilitation and neuropsychology, and how well prepared and knowledgeable we are as students** ;)

**warning this is both good and bad: good- because she gave me extra responsibilities and looks to me as a leader; but bad -when you’re dealing with REALLY competitive externs ...but, that doesn't stop me! I am just extra nice and smile more ;)

Okay, well that’s my update for now... can’t wait to update you on more exciting happenings!


Take care,


Jackie


P.S. View as I blog this morning...Hello, Brooklyn. I don't hate it.






  


















Thursday, March 28, 2013

Free Associating. Smorgasbord. Whatever, it is...This Post Has a Little Bit of Everything!

For those of you that know me personally can attest to the fact that I can be pretty random. This post is evidence of this personality characteristic.

So, for those of you that don't know me...Here is a disclaimer about me slash this particular post:
It is likely going to sound like one long free association.

For non psychology people, free association is a psychoanalytic technique. In free association, the individual is invited to relate whatever comes into their minds during the analytic session, and not to censor their thoughts (Thank you Wikipedia!).

Well, for the sake of everyone (and the fact that this is school blog) I will utilize some inhibition and (in keeping with Freudian terms), I will exercise some control over my Id in order to not say everything that comes to mind and avoid a Freudian Slip[pers].



You're welcome.

Now that we have that cleared up...

In my previous blog, I endorsed myself for president of PCOM's Psychology Council Executive Board.

Well... I lost.

Wah. Wah.




But, hey... You win some, you lose some, right?

And as much as I would have loved the opportunity to represent PCOM's Psychology Council as president I am excited to see First-Year Clinical PsyD student, Mark Cassano step into the position! So, a big congrats to Mark!

Thankfully, all is not lost! Phew.

I have been appointed as the Student Life Liaison! In this role, I will be assisting in the planning, promoting, and organizing of PCOM events. I am really looking forward to this opportunity. I love planning things and I also love promoting all things PCOM! Plus, let's be honest, who didn't want to become an event planner after seeing Jennifer Lopez's movie, "The Wedding Planner"?!


For my next thought.... No! It's not about Matthew McConaughey. Okay, yes it is. But, I promised to censor my id.

So, moving on.

I have a bone to pick with the month of February. It is basically like a 28 day hiccup in the course of a year.

If it wasn't for the fact that my birth occurred in the month of February (February 14th to be exact!), I'd say it shouldn't even exist because February is like January's annoying little sister.

Oh, my point you ask? Just that the time has completely flown by...seriously, how is it April on Monday?

Anyway, despite my issue with the month of February and its utter lack of days, it was a pretty good month and very crazy couple of weeks. Not only because it was my birthday... but, because I spent a lot of time traveling to New York for practicum interviews.

Wait. So, let me back up a little. As much as love Philadelphia and my PCOM family, I am a native New Yorker and have been missing the Big Apple; and in full disclosure, I have really missed my home family and friends. I had always planned to move back to New York for either internship or after graduation anyway.

But, I decided that 3 years without New York, my family, and my friends was way too long. Recognizing my separation anxiety from my home state, I decided I would move back and apply for next year's practicum in New York City.

This all seemed like a fabulous plan until I realized that the application process for externship in the State of New York was just shy of a ridiculously daunting task. The New York State Psychological Association governs the externship application process; and they have issues specific rules and regulations regarding the date of submission, deadlines, interviews, acceptances, etc...

Long story short and 12** lengthy application submissions later... I was offered 3 interviews. So, in the short month of February I traveled from Philly to New York and back on three different occasions.

**Yes. You're probably right... 12 is likely a little excessive. But, read on and you'll understand why I had some anxiety about applying to sites in New York.

Even though February is deficient in its amount days, having to wait until March 4th at 10:00 am (the first day offers could be made to students) felt like an eternity and a half.

F i n a l l y... On March 4th, at 10:03 am I received my first offer! As the day carried on, I received 2 more offers! I couldn't believe it! It was an absolute honor to be offered an externship position at these placement sites. Especially because I felt like an underdog throughout this process...

Here I was applying to sites in New York, with a Philly home address and from a school with the name Philadelphia in the title**. Not to mention that in each of the three interviews I was asked about this potential issue...

**Now do you get why I applied to 12 sites?!

So, after some thoughtful consideration and helpful guidance from Dr. Zahn, our Director of Clinical Training, I decided the externship that best met my professional and academic goals was at...
 

Mount Sinai's Rehabilitation Hospital!!!!!!



Boom.

This site was my first choice and I am really looking forward to starting this upcoming July!

I would love to continue to tell you more about the crazy things that occurred during the [unreasonably short] month of February, but I think I have carried on long enough. However, before I sign off I will randomly state (free associate) some words to give you a better idea of what my life has looked like these past few weeks:

Mice
Infestation
Mouse Poop
In
My
Bed
Mickey
Minnie
Gross
MOVED
Landlord
Not Cool
Dissertation
Lit Review
Birthday
Florida Trip
Stitches
In
My
Hand
New York
Practicum
Interviews
Classes
School

Well, that's all I got. As always, thank you for reading!


Until next time,

JKB


PS- Yes, there was actually mouse poop... IN. MY. BED. ...I had to break my lease and move immediately to a short-term sublet!!

...Because in case grad school wasn't stressful enough --Mouse poop pretty much put me over the edge.





Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Blessinger for President!

Hi Everyone!

It's that time of year again! The Psychology Council is looking for a few good men and women to run for positions of the executive board...and today is last call to submit your letter of intent!

...and I've decided to run...for President.  I am so excited at the prospects of potentially representing the student voice of the Psychology Department at PCOM.

I was truly motivated by the NCSPP conference (In the Bahamas-*See Previous Blog*) and it's topic on relationship competency. I absolutely love our school and my program and feel as if it's part of my duty as a student to give back. I am confident that I have strong relationship competency skills that can be utilized by serving on the Psychology Council. I would love the opportunity as president to truly foster a deep sense of community across the psychology programs and the larger student body of PCOM.

So, I just submitted my letter of intent and voting begins tomorrow! I encourage those of you that would like your voice to be heard to run as well! All you need to do is submit a letter of intent, which needs to include your name, program, year in program, and brief statement of qualifications to Samir Callil via email.  

For those of you that are not familiar, the Psychology Council represents the students of the Psychology Department to the larger PCOM community. The Psychology Council executive board consists of the following positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The responsibilities of each position are outlined by Article VIII of the Psychology Council bylaws:


The President
(a)The president shall preside over all meetings of the Council
(b)The president shall represent the PCOM Psychology students in all external affairs
(c)The president shall be the representative to the PCOM Student Senate
(d) Shall be the tie-breaking vote in meetings
The Vice-President
(a)The vice-president shall assume the duties of the President should the office become vacant, or in the absence of the president
(b)The vice-president shall serve as parliamentarian to the council
(c)The vice-president shall ensure that all elections are carried out as required by these bylaws
(d) The vice-president shall be the student representative to all psychology committees
The Secretary
(a)The secretary shall be responsible for recording the minutes of all meetings and report the information in the minutes taken during meetings
(b)The secretary shall maintain a complete and accurate account of attendance and membership status
Treasurer
(a)The treasurer shall keep a written record of all financial transactions
(b)The treasurer shall prepare regular reports containing a list of all receipts and disbursements for each meeting.
(c)The treasurer will be responsible for checking the accuracy of all bills and invoices and paying them correctly and on time

Good luck to everyone running! 

oh...and don't forget you can always vote for me starting tomorrow! 



All the best, 

JKB 






Monday, January 28, 2013

All Future Conferences Should Be Held...In the BAHAMAS!!!

Last June, two days before comp exams, I received an email notifying me that I was nominated (along with four of my amazing cohort peers) to represent PCOM as a student delegate at the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology...which was being held... In the Bahamas!!!

Well, as someone who regularly experiences "Impostor Syndrome**" I was shocked! I think I read the email at least 10 times before finally saying a loud, "For real?" Only one student was going to be selected and was required to write an essay explaining how their experiences and areas of interest made them the appropriate choice to attend the conference...In the Bahamas!!!

**Impostor Syndrome: Is a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments. It is commonly associated with academics and is widely found among graduate students (Thank you, Wikipedia.)

...In all honesty, secondary to shock, I felt completely overwhelmed and honored to have even been nominated to possibly represent PCOM at the conference...In the Bahamas!!! 

So, flash forward nearly 8 months later and here I am (a little tanner) excited to share my experiences with you as the student that was selected selected to represent PCOM at the NCSPP conference... In the Bahamas*!!!

*Yes, I was completely stolked about the location of this conference!

Preparation for the conference started several months in advanced as myself and the 7 other student delegates were introduced to each other via emails with the guidance of our fabulous student liaison,  Dr. Louise Baca from Argosy University in Phoenix. 

After months of anticipation, I finally left for the beautiful island of Nassau last Sunday in order to attend the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Project early Monday morning. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., who once poignantly said, "Life's most important and urgent question is: 'What are you going to do for others?' "

...Several of the student delegates and many faculty representatives gathered together to dedicate their time to help out at the Ranfurly Home for Children. This facility is a home that serves boys and girls of Nassau, ages 5 to 20, who for a variety of circumstances can no longer be properly cared for by their parents and guardians. While living at Ranfurly, the children sleep in dormitories, eat in a common dining hall, and attend local schools. The home's administrator, the kind and compassionate Mr. Roberts shared that the children also receive individual and group psychotherapy. 

Although, we were there to provide assistance by cleaning and painting, the very generous and welcoming staff provided us the most amazing and delicious lunch of traditional Bahamian-fare.  Honestly, the plantains put El Vez to shame! This incredible day was just the beginning of an incredible week that I will remember for the rest of my life... 

Here are a few of the pictures of myself and the other student delegates helping out (and eating) at the Ranfurly Home for Children: 


From Left to Right: Alyssa Aguilar (Rosemead School of Psychology), Lara Levine (Pace University), Todd Avellar (UC-Santa Barbara), April Crawford (Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Myself, and Brian Weiland (Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology) is playing photographer!

a m a z i n g n e s s

The conference, which officially started the following Wednesday, focused on the theme of "Relationship Competency." The keynote speaker, Dr. Brad Johnson, discussed the importance of the mentor-mentee relationship. The student delegates participated in the conference by attending workshops and providing the perspective of the student voice. Basically, it was like being a "fly on the wall" of a faculty meeting...which, as a student, provided the unique opportunity to learn about "the other side." Dun.Dun.Dun.

The students were also tasked with responsibility of presenting a panel discussion on mentorship. We had to provide answers to pre-determined questions regarding our experiences with mentorship at our respective schools. Then there was also a Q & A where faculty asked additional questions to the students on the topic. 

From Left to Right: Brian Weiland, Elena Gomez (California Institute of Integral Studies), Todd Avellar, Alyssa Aguilar, Samantha Jimenez (Antioch University-Seattle), Lara Levine, April Crawford, and Me! 

Well, let me just say this... that when members of your faculty, specifically your mentor, are in the audience....it is beyond nerve wracking! Not because I had anything negative to say (in fact, I actually have the best mentor ever!) I just found it really hard to provide anecdotes on how important and special my mentorship is to me infront of a large room of people that included my mentor...
Yes, I pretty much just admitted as a future psychologist that it's sometimes hard for me to talk about feelings. Confession: I am human. 

Definitely Some Interesting Automatic Thoughts Going On Here...

All and all, the panel was a tremendous success! My fellow student delegates were absolutely amazing! It was a total honor to have many faculty members approach us later on to tell us what a wonderful job we did!

There were so many memorable talks, workshops, and conversations with students and faculty alike that I could really go on and on...

Overall, this conference afforded me the opportunity to learn that there are so many other perspectives on many of the issues facing both students and faculty. There is a bigger world out there that expands far beyond PCOM, Philadelphia, and the CBT-orientation. It was a refreshing reminder that even amongst psychologist there is much diversity. However, it is the common goal of teaching and learning relationship competency that helps to unite the field. 

I am so grateful for having had this opportunity and it would not have been possible without the incredible NCSPP leadership. I want to thank our fabulous student liaison Dr. Baca, as well as Dr. Nadkarni and the planning committee, and NCSPP president, Dr. Cimbora. Their hospitality, warmth, and genuine concern for the student voice made this experience invaluable.

Probably, the best and my most favorite part of this conference are the 7 new friendships I gained. It was really amazing that 8 very different people, from 8 very different programs, from all over the country could connect and become such great friends, so quickly! I thank my amazing fellow student delegates for teaching me so much about themselves and their programs. I look forward to taking many of the ideas, conversations, and collaborations from this past week and sharing them with the PCOM community. 

Lastly, I cannot thank Drs. DiTomasso, Felgoise, and Zahn enough for selecting me as a student delegate. It was truly an honor to represent PCOM!  I have gained a whole new sense of confidence that definitely makes me realize I am not an impostor! 

Thank you for reading about my experience at the NCSPP conference...In the Bahamas!!!

Take care,

Jackie 


PS- Here are some other pictures from the conference for your viewing pleasure! 

View From The Room... I don't hate it.

Don't Worry! ...My dissertation was not totally neglected...

In fact, nothing says prepared like 17 pairs of shoes & Alan Kazdin's Research Design text...

 Gorgeous Dinner Party on the Last Night

Student Delegate Bonding at the Fish Fry...We just could not get enough plantains!