Personal Life Update 4
After about a month and a half of not writing any posts, I would say this update is very overdue. There are a few reasons for my silence over the past several weeks, the top reason being our comps (short for "comprehensive") exam. At DePaul, our exam requires writing in-depth responses to prompts, using memorized information. As you can imagine, that means spending a lot of time studying to memorize all of the important information that we learned in our clinical classes (often 100 hours of studying or so, spread out in various ways). I studied for comps throughout the summer, but increased my efforts as the test got closer. Because of the importance of the exam, I prioritized it over writing temporarily.
But, comps are done, so now I can start to get back on track! I won't know the results of the exam for a few weeks, but I'm feeling pretty good about my responses. There were a couple of questions that I wasn't fully prepared for, but that will almost always be the case with a test that covers such a wide range of information (we're talking the contents of 10-12 classes, depending on if you group some together). The last day of the exam was on Friday, and I've been taking the weekend to relax as a personal reward for the study efforts. Worked out perfectly since it is a holiday weekend as well!
Besides comps, I have also been hard at work getting adjusted to my new positions. For my practicum, I have been enjoying the work in the hematology/oncology (or hem/onc for short) clinic. The children and families I see in there are often going through tough times, but their resiliency is encouraging and great to see. I've also started seeing outpatient therapy clients again, which I've been missing after spending a year focusing on neuropsych assessments.
But, thankfully, the neuropsych isn't over! I've officially started my new position in a clinic doing neuropsych testing, which has been a great experience thus far. I'm looking forward to doing further work with that clinic, and getting exposed to new ways of doing things.
Those are the main updates for what has been happening since I last wrote a post. As for what's to come, that's what I need to figure out this week. I've started doing reading for my dissertation already, but now that comps are out of the way I can focus more on actual writing, forming my committee, and figuring out how it will get done. I will also be able to finally work on a poster that I'll be presenting at the ABCT conference in November. There's a manuscript that I have a rough draft of and need to finish, plus I hope to turn the ABCT poster into a manuscript, and there's a third potential manuscript lined up, along with trying to get my thesis manuscript published.
In terms of academic content creation, it will be a busy time, and hopefully I'll have great things to share in the coming months! I've also been giving some thought to ideas for posts, and resources to eventually add to the site. It will take some time, of course, but I'll do what I can to continue improving this site.
My hope is to continue growing this site as a great resource for parents, graduate students, people interested in psychology (especially pediatric psychology), those interested in statistics, and anyone else that may find this site useful. Writing for such a broad audience tends to go against the advice of many to "focus on a specific audience," but I have some ideas about how to eventually separate the content to make it easier for people to find what they are looking for. The categories and tags on my posts are a good start, but I'm hoping to expand on that in the future.
But for now, getting back into a writing routine is the most important thing for this site! I have a couple of drafted posts that I'll try to finish up sometime soon, and I also need to update my Public CV page to include some new things. (I'm also hoping to switch it to native text on the site rather than an embedded Office document, which will make it load faster and be more user-friendly on mobile, but will take a bit of time to adjust the CSS). As I mentioned, this week will be focused on me planning my weekly routines and figuring out some timelines, so there may be a bit of a gap again before I'm able to make these changes and write more posts. Rest assured that they will happen though!
That's all for this post. Thanks for reading, stay tuned for future updates, and hope you've all been enjoying the holiday weekend!