Gabrielle Giffords Steps Down

Posted on January 22,2012 by jgarciamspp

I love you, Gabby! You are an amazing woman and you continue to inspire me everyday.

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Tagged Forensic Psychology

The Arabic Evangelical Baptist Church of Boston

Posted on January 10,2012 by jgarciamspp

Although my first semester as a graduate student has come and gone I wanted to take this time to acknowledge what an amazingly transformative experience it was for me. To personify this transformation I will tell the super shortened version of my immersion project (aka My Favorite Assignment!). As the final assignment for my Psychology of Diversity and Difference class I chose to immerse myself (racially and religiously) by attending the Arabic Evangelic Baptist Church of Boston.

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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

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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Blended Courses Demystified

Posted on October 25,2011 by jgarciamspp

I made it through my finals!

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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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Where Did the Week Go?!

Posted on September 18,2011 by jgarciamspp

When asked by my uncle to describe the week that I've had I could only think of one phrase: controlled chaos. I've known my general school/work/practicum schedule for some time now but this was a random week. Because of other peoples' schedules I ended up revamping my entire schedule. I was fully aware of what the week was going to contain. I am also usually good at dealing with this sort of unexpected craziness. I just had no idea how intense and exhausting it would be. Interestingly enough... I love the feeling.

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Tagged Forensic Psychology, Around Boston, Latino Mental Health

MA Sports

Posted on September 10,2011 by jgarciamspp

My schedule is certainly starting to pick up. However, between homework, practicum training, blogging, and now a job I've decided to take a little break and try to take a stab at getting a real feel for MA. Tonight I was at a Revolution (soccer) game. The Revolution beat FC Dallas, 2 - 0.

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Tagged Forensic Psychology, Around Boston