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Junior Year as a CL Student

It’s been a while since my last post, my apologies! The past month and a half has been kind of crazy trying to finish out the semester – but thankfully I only have one final left and I’m home free for the summer months! Aside from my practicum that will be 4 weeks over the summer, I plan to enjoy myself and work on ME because let me tell you guys, junior year can be summed up in one word: STRESSFUL.

In our school’s child life program, junior year is kind of the make-it-or-break-it year. We take our child life assessment course in the fall, and our child life intervention course in the spring. Assessment was full of tears and dreams about child development theorists, whereas intervention has been packed with going non-stop and constantly having another 5 articles that needed to be read for class the next day. I have questioned myself many times over the past two semesters and my decision in choosing this journey, but now that I’ve completed both of these classes I am certain I’ve chosen the right path. Ask me why I do anything in life, and I bet I can come up with a theory to justify it 😉 I have grown tremendously this year, and I have my program director/mentor/teacher and my cohort to thank for that.

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During our last intervention class, we got to make a legacy item for our director to have in her office. We asked her what word came to mind when she thought of us as a group, and she said “stress” (LOL). So true, though. But… I’m happy to say that we have all survived, and two of us will be completing our practicums this summer! (At the same hospital, which is super exciting)

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We also had to give a presentation to the Tennessee Board of Regents a couple weeks ago about what child life is and how our program has grown and been successful. It was super intimidating, but also really awesome to be able to teach a group of people who had no idea what we do, about our field. Hopefully we opened at least one person’s eyes to how incredible and important this line of work is!

This summer I will be working on internship applications (YIKES) and preparing for my practicum experience, but I promise I will not go AWOL again!

2 thoughts on “Junior Year as a CL Student

  1. So happy to have found your blog! I love reading my fellow child life students’ posts! Sounds like you are on the right track and have racked up some awesome experiences! I can’t wait to read about your practicum this summer! Keep us updated 🙂

    Cheers,
    Alexx

  2. Thanks so much, Alexx! It’s way overdue, but I am about to write about my practicum experience that I had over the summer! I’m so glad other child life students are in the blog world and can relate so well to everything I’m going through!

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