Can’t Back Out Now

I picked up my cap, gown, and stole today.   I guess that makes it official; my days as an undergrad are numbered.  Officially, in fact, I have less than a week and a half to go.

On Monday, I met with Dr. Morgan to talk about grad school.  I’ve been entertaining a revised plan and wanted to run it by her; I also wanted to know if she had any suggestions about what to do for the next academic year (summer is pretty much planned; we’ll be traveling a lot, and I’ll be dancing and working temp jobs to make a little money).

Dr. M definitely favors the idea of going straight into a doctoral program and doing the alternate route certification for DMT. Ultimately, that will grant the most flexibility in terms of career options.

She also suggested that during the 2015-2016 academic year I work with Dr. Kahn as a research assistant (an unpaid position, but great experience) and find any paid position I can in a clinical psych setting, even if it’s just working as a resident assistant in a group home.

For some reason, that idea hadn’t even occurred to me, but it’s a great one.   I’ll be able to make some money while gaining some basic practical experience in my field, and I should be able to grab opportunities to sit in on patient intakes and so forth.

This means that ’15-’16 will be a busy year for me, but that will be a good way to prepare for the demands of a doctoral program.

I have to admit, last week, it felt like the future was rushing towards me with terrifying speed and I couldn’t see a way forward.   It was like that moment on every mountain bike ride ever, when the trail makes a sharp turn around a tree and all you can do is follow it, shift your weight back, and pray.

I feel like my chat with Dr. Morgan gave me a peek around the corner — or, well, like it gave me reassurance from someone who has ridden this trail before.  It’s possible that there will be new washouts or that old ones will have been smoothed, but I at least know the gist of what to expect.

So that’s it for now.   No class tonight because OMG Final Paper of Doom, so next class notes will be on Friday.

About asher

Me in a nutshell: Standard uptight ballet boy. Trapeze junkie. Half-baked choreographer. Budding researcher. Transit cyclist. Terrible homemaker. Neuro-atypical. Fabulous. Married to a very patient man. Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2015). Proto-foodie, but lazy about it. Cat owner ... or, should I say, cat own-ee? ... dog lover. Equestrian.

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