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Mid-Semester Stress- How to Deal!

Posted on March 07,2011 by kmorvillomspp

Mid-semester is always stressful whether it be during the fall, spring, or summer. For some reason, it seems as if all the professors got together in a small room and secretly decided to make all large papers due during the same week. This semester I have 3-4 midterms due within two weeks of each other. On top of that, for some stupid reason, I decided to make plans to go away for the next two weekends, when instead I should be working on these papers! Luckily, I’ve known about these plans and papers well in advance, and I’ve been able, somewhat, to prepare myself.

The key to dealing with mid-semester stress is to plan ahead. You get a syllabus in the beginning of the semester, so there should not be any surprises. If you anticipate a crazy week in which you have everything due, try and get some of it done before hand. Take advantage of those wonderful times where you don’t have a ton of work to do. I know it may be hard; when there’s nothing to do, I know I just want to do nothing, however, it will help you in the long run if you prepare ahead of time. Then you won’t freak out during the second week of November or March when you realize that you have three 10+ page papers due.

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Why I chose the PsyD over the PhD and MA.

Posted on February 28,2011 by kmorvillomspp

Deciding to go to Graduate School is a hard decision, but making the choice as to which program would be the best fit can be daunting. I obviously cannot make the decision for you, but I can let you know how I made my decision and ended up in the Clinical PsyD Program at MSPP.

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Applying to MSPP

My Spring Semester Classes

Posted on February 21,2011 by kmorvillomspp

It’s been just over a month since Spring Semester started and so far classes are going great. As a second-year Clinical PsyD student I’m taking a few theory classes, and finishing up my second semester of Research and my Rorschach class. I also have a clinical seminar that meets once a week with about eight students. Even though it meets at 8:30 in the morning, which means I’m waking up at 6:00 AM to make it there on time (I live further from school than most) it’s fun to sit and chat with fellow students about their practicum experiences; plus there’s always food, which just makes everything better!

As for my theory classes I’m taking Psychodynamics and Humanistic- I’m really enjoying the Humanistic class, especially because we begin each class with a ten-minute meditation and often break into small groups to discuss things we’ve covered. Research is also interesting and recently we’ve been focusing on our Doc Projects. I wouldn’t have thought that as a second-year I would have pretty much decided what I wanted to do my doc project on, but my Research class has made this process much easier and hopefully prepared me for what lies ahead.

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Tagged Clinical PsyD

My Experience as a 1st & 2nd Year Student in the Clinical PsyD Program

Posted on February 14,2011 by kmorvillomspp

When I made the decision to enter grad school I knew it'd be a difficult and arduous task. I had been out of school a year and knew that I had lost some of the work ethic that had dominated my career as an undergrad. I applied to MSPP early decision and when I found out I got in I was ecstatic- in fact I cancelled all of the other interviews I had at other graduate programs and graciously accepted MSPP’s offer.

Coming in as a young first year was a shock. I had always loved school and the learning process and thought I’d be well prepared after attending Skidmore, a school known to challenge its students. However, no one could have prepared me for the amount of work and readings to be completed as a first year at MSPP. I found myself bombarded with book chapters, articles, and papers. I was excited to be back in school and learning, but the sheer magnitude of work to be done was overwhelming. I found I had to change my work habits a bit and organize myself in a whole new way to get it done. I heard second and third year students tell me it would get easier, but in the moment I couldn't see how. But it did and I promise you it will!

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Personal Growth, Applying to MSPP

Stuck in the Snow & The MSPP Community

Posted on February 07,2011 by kmorvillomspp

Last Tuesday I had the privilege of experiencing the strength of MSPP community first hand. I was in my 8:30 AM Humanistic class when the snowstorm that hit 2/3 of the nation started. Toward the end of the class there were several inches of snow on the ground and we learned that all classes after 11 AM would be cancelled. People rushed out of school to clean their cars off and make it home before the snow accumulated even more. I quickly brushed my car off, hopped in and started off. Moments later I found myself stuck in a snow bank unable to get myself out. Immediately a MSPP student driving by offered to push me out. He tried and tried, but was unable to get the car even rocking. I thanked him for stopping and sent him on his way. I ran back into school to let Maintenance know I was stuck, telling a few peers on the way about my situation.

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Tagged Clinical PsyD, Social Responsibility

Applying to Practicum/Internship Sites

Posted on January 31,2011 by kmorvillomspp

Spring semester is always bittersweet. On the one hand it’s nice to be back in class and catch up with all of your friends; on the other it tends to be a long semester due to the winter and lack of breaks. Spring semester can also be difficult because people are often going through the application process and interviewing for practicum or internship sites for the following year. I think right now at MSPP you can actually see the stress and anxiety that this process can cause. So here are a few tips on how to get through this tedious process with some sort of sanity left over in the end.

The important thing to remember is that everyone finds a site! No matter how many sites you apply to and how many interviews you go on, there’s a place out there for you. To relieve some stress and anxiety in this process try and get things done early. The site search tool on SSIG is your best friend in this process; It can tell you pretty much everything you want to know about a site, so be sure to utilize this tool. Make sure the sites to which you are applying are a good fit. Remember to take into account the training program, the population, the commute, the hours, etc... Also, schedule a meeting with your advisor to sit down and talk about possibilities. Hopefully your advisor can help you narrow your choice down to a few good sites.

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Tagged Clinical PsyD

Some Tips on Interviewing!

Posted on January 24,2011 by kmorvillomspp

Hi everyone, my name is Kristen and I'm currently in my second year in the Clinical PsyD Program here at MSPP. This past weekend I had the privilege to be a part of one of the interview teams for Friday’s Interview Day here at MSPP. I was amazed by the multitude of skilled candidates that attended regardless of the snowstorm that hit much of New England. Based on what I observed, and yes, been through myself, I’ve put together a few pointers for those interviewing at MSPP, field placement/internship sites, or elsewhere.

1. Get a good night sleep! I’m sure you’ve heard this before and it may sound redundant, but there’s a reason that it’s been ingrained in our heads. Staying up and worrying all night about an interview will be in no way helpful. Instead, try and have a relaxing evening the night before. Easier said than done? Probably right, but you can do a few things to lessen your anxiety and hopefully get a good night’s rest. Put on your favorite movie, TV-show, or curl up with your favorite book before going to bed. Avoid caffeine in the evening and try not to eat anything, especially with a lot of sugar, before you jump under the covers. Anything that you need to do in order to get a good night sleep, do!

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Tagged Change of Career, Clinical PsyD, Applying to MSPP