Personal Life Update 16
Whew! Pretty much the entire months of December and January went by in a flash, and now in February I'm still working to get caught-up. I spent several weeks travelling for internship interviews, which had to take priority over everything else (hence the pause on podcast episodes and the limited variety of blog post content). Now that I'm back and slowly getting back into a normal routine, let's talk about what all has happened.
Internship interviews were a whirlwind. I was fortunate enough to schedule them so I didn't have any without at least one day in-between for travel. But I still spent a couple of weeks out of state and flying around the country throughout the entire week. I met a lot of great people through the process (both students and faculty), but it was still exhausting (not to mention expensive).
Thankfully, there weren't any sites that were really disappointing and seemed not worth visiting, so it was time and resources well spent. After I got back, it was time to rank order the sites I visited. As a reminder, the process works in this order:
- Applications are submitted
- Interview offers are made
- Applicants travel to interview at sites
- Applicants and sites rank order one another
- Those rankings are entered into the match system
- On match day everyone finds out if/where they matched
Coming up with my rank order was harder than I expected going into the process. I ended up learning that some of the things that I thought would be relevant didn't really play a role in the rankings, and some of the things I thought would be minor really helped me to make decisions. After this whole process is completely finished, I'm hoping to write a post for grad students to list out what I learned. It's a little unfortunate that you start to realize the best way to go through things just as you're finishing, but that's how the process works. And the knowledge should come in handy for post-doc applications next year.
Now, I'm not planning to make my rankings public. Both sites and students aren't allowed to let one another know how they ranked, because that would obviously throw a wrench in the system. And even though the deadline to submit ranks has passed, I still prefer to keep it private, as things could get awkward depending on who learned my rankings.
But match day is on the 17th of this month, so we'll find out if/where I matched on that day! The anticipation is already making it difficult to sleep, so I'm not expecting to get much (if any) sleep the night before the announcement. I was going to pull an allnighter and then relax the whole day, but it turns out I'll need to work that day, so...pajama party postponed until the next day (hopefully in celebration).
The reason I have to work is because 1) grad school interviews for DePaul are next week, and 2) the end of winter quarter at DePaul is approaching. I'm TA-ing a class, so I have to get some work done, and those two things limit the available days. But in the end, having a normal day with something to distract myself may be for the best. Besides, I'll be spending that day practicing an assessment with the first year grad students that's used with young children, so it'll involve stamps and some other fun stuff.
I'm also keeping really busy because I got the flu soon after finishing my final interview. It pretty much ruined my productivity for a week, and I was already behind from interviews. But as of today I've managed to get a lot done and I'm hoping to get in a little relaxation. That's been a crucial thing through this whole process.
In fact, I've been working on some side projects throughout my traveling and being sick in order to keep myself occupied and my mind on non-psychology things. Well, non-psychology-ish. I took the time during interviews to learn how to use Android Studio and to make my first app. I also made a promo video for it using Lightworks, so I learned how to use that too.
I've slowed down the app work a little (though there are a few features I want to add down the road, and I'm trying to think of some other possible apps), and I've started doing a little more web development. Nothing major, but I setup my github portfolio, which was a nice way to experiment a bit with having full access to the code for the site (this site is hosted on Squarespace, and I haven't paid for the developer mode to unlock all of the code; still, I've been able to customize quite a bit without that, so I haven't felt the need to upgrade).
A few pages on here have also been updated a bit. Most notably, I updated the homepage (where you end up if you go to ddecator.com). It used to just have my name and logo, which wasn't the best way to welcome new visitors. Now, I setup a page that uses expandable lists of content within certain categories (e.g., parenting, grad school). Right now it only has blog posts, but I'll try to incorporate things like podcast episodes down the road, along with more categories. I have to manually put the lists together, so it's a little time-consuming.
Oh, and in regards to podcast episodes. I've been really wanting to record one, but it was basically impossible while traveling, then I was too sick, and now I have a bit of a sore throat (though my morning coffee is helping with that, thankfully). But I'm hoping to record one very soon. I got some great topic suggestions from listeners (I won't be able to cover the topics right away because it'll involve a bit of research, but I'll definitely get to them).
Anyway, I think that's pretty much what's been going on. Hopefully next time I post one of these personal life updates, I'll have matched at an internship site!