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].
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.
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!!!!!!
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:
Well, that's all I got. As always, thank you for reading!
Until next time,
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.