I’ve now entered my final semester as an undergraduate student at NAU. I’m currently doing undergraduate research in children’s phobias and phobia treatments along with taking clinical psychology and a few other electives in my field of study. Come December, I’ll graduate summa cum laude with a B.S. in pyschology. For the future? The sky’s the limit.
After a rather terrible experience at a summer job I used to love, I’ve decided that I’ve grown up and have moved on, for good, from spending my summers near D.C. While teaching forensic science and essential leadership skills will always be a huge part of me, I’ve decided to continue my endeavors elsewhere.
With that, I’ve accepted and have been working with The Guidance Center, an organization that has become very near and dear to my heart. I was initially an intern for TGC back in January after an internship with the jail didn’t work out, but honestly, it was a blessing in disguise. After leaving my internship in May, I applied for a paid position, had scheduled an interview within a day of applying, and was hired a few weeks later. I started in August and absolutely love my job. I get to hang out with seriously mentally ill (SMI) clients on my shifts, in which I assist in cooking (if they ask for help), medicine administration, and skills training. Not only do I get paid to do something I was already passionate about, but it also looks great on graduate school resumes.
Which, I guess, leads to my future plans. I’ve signed up to take the GRE and will be applying to numerous schools for the Ph.D. programs in clinical and children’s clinical psychology. While I haven’t quite formulated exactly where I want to go, I do plan on applying to Harvard and a couple other Ivy League schools. My credentials are high enough to get accepted, but I won’t necessarily be disappointed if I don’t; it’s more so to push my limitations and see if I can. Wherever life leads me, I plan on having my Ph.D. by age 26 at the latest. Call it industrious, yet it’s completely plausible.
I’ve also been in a committed relationship for almost 8 months now. And while the intimate details of my dating life don’t need to be revealed, I can say that this one is THE one. I didn’t find love in the traditional way, nor the ‘acceptable’ way in society’s standards, but I could give a shit less what society thinks. While I may not have marriage rights in the state of Arizona, I do have it elsewhere. I hope that one day it will be accepted nationwide, in which I believe it should be, but all in good time. The government can’t tell me who to love, so even though I may not have legality, it won’t make my relationship any less significant, but rather, more meaningful because I fight disapproval to keep it.
I couldn’t really tell you why I’m posting the play-by-play of my life right now, but because it all seems like a blur, I feel like it clears my thoughts to have them on paper. And with that, I’m signing off.
"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." - e.e. cummings