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Tales from my Study Cave

Posted on December 05,2011 by spitchermspp

What a busy time of year! Sorry for not posting for a couple of weeks; but, between Thanksgiving and finals, I have had zero time. Again, this time of year demonstrates how much grad school is a balancing act between all of the hats that we as students wear. Currently, my hats are of a student, a wife, a daughter, sister, employee, trainee, friend, and perhaps a superhero of sorts for myself. Sometimes I catch myself looking at the clock thinking that maybe I can will the clock to add a few more hours to the day so I can get just one more paper done or have a couple of hours to sleep or study. As much as I would like to press the fast forward button on the remote of my life, I am finding little moments here and there where I am truly proud of myself.

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We're down to crunch time, people!

Posted on November 11,2011 by spitchermspp

With only three more weeks of classes, I am in the last steps of this marathon of a semester! But what a rewarding marathon it has been! I feel like I have learned so much! Not only in regarding to the material being taught in classes, but how to succeed in graduate school courses. It's not unknown that writing a graduate level paper and writing an undergraduate paper can be pretty different. One thing I have noticed is the amount of reflection papers that I have written. So many! It's such a great way to apply the lessons to your own life by applying what is learned to reflect on your development or anything else from the past. Even the other more fact driven papers are different from those in undergrad. Rather than writing a paper about regurgitated information from lecture notes and the text book, you're being asked instead to show real comprehension. I feel like these papers are so rewarding to write and offer for great discussions in class.

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Tagged Personal Growth, Counseling Psychology

The Importance of a Healthy Lifestyle

Posted on November 04,2011 by spitchermspp

Recently, I have begun my journey towards living a more healthy lifestyle. I have been eating whole grains, a ton of fiber, veggies and fruits, and proteins. Learning how to eat right was definitely not on my mind when I was getting ready for school, but let me tell you why living healthy while you're in school is so important.

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Tagged Personal Growth

October Activities in the Boston Area

Posted on October 28,2011 by spitchermspp

This month has been so busy! Between midterms, papers, classes, practicum, and maintaining some sort of social life, my life has been anything but a breeze. For self-care though, I participated in two amazing October events: King Richard's Faire in the beginning of the month and historic Salem, MA last weekend!

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Moving from Idaho to Boston

Posted on October 23,2011 by spitchermspp

Moving is never easy. Even for someone like me who has moved around quite a bit growing up; moving is always just a mess of emotions. While I was excited about the prospect of moving to somewhere new, getting out of my small town of Nampa, Idaho, and starting a new chapter in the journey of my husband and mine's marriage, I was heartbroken to leave behind my family, friends, and all things familiar or convenient. There was so much transition going on that for a while, I wondered if I was going to make it. I love school, so the thought of going back to school and "nerding" out over psychology and other aspects of academia was very enticing. However, the last two weeks before this move were a crazy, high intensity time in my life.

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Tagged Personal Growth, Counseling Psychology

How to Balance a Weekend

Posted on October 14,2011 by spitchermspp

It can be very difficult to manage one's time effectively. Meeting the demands of school, homework, practicum, friends, family, self-care, or any other community or social involvement can be such a daunting task. This weekend, I feel like I have managed my time very well. It's all about breaking tasks into small steps and setting a schedule that is attainable and has room for flexibility.

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Indian Summers

Posted on October 09,2011 by spitchermspp

Today was a gorgeous, warm day! Especially in comparison to how rainy it has been the past few days. There seems to be a peaceful feel to today. As this semester continues, papers and other assignments are starting to pile up. It can get really easy to trap one's self inside to focus on reading, papers, and studying for midterms. Something that seems to help me stay connected to the outside world while still doing my schoolwork is reading outside. I'm very lucky to live in a house with a beautiful porch that allows me to soak in some lovely sun while also soaking in some knowledge.

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Tagged Personal Growth, Social Responsibility, Around Boston, Counseling Psychology

Rain, rain go away...

Posted on September 29,2011 by spitchermspp

Coming from Idaho and California, I have never seen so much rain in my entire life! I'm used to wearing flats all over the place; but after drowning my feet today, I realize why everyone out here wears rain boots. I came out the doors of my practicum site with rain that felt like someone had picked up the Atlantic and just dropped it on us!

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Posted on September 23,2011 by spitchermspp

When I first heard about teachers emphasizing the importance of self-care, I kind of laughed. I've heard so many horror stories of grad school and how much it consumes your life; so, the idea of taking time out of that menagerie of a schedule for myself seemed impossible. The past couple of weeks has started to get a little intense with papers starting to be due and starting my practicum just last week.

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Tagged Personal Growth, Around Boston, Counseling Psychology

First Day at Practicum

Posted on September 14,2011 by spitchermspp

So today was the first day of orientation at my practicum. At first I was afraid I would fall behind in the training since the orientation started Monday; but, I quickly fell into line with what was being discussed and I was getting really excited to start working with the kids.

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Tagged Counseling Psychology