As this year ends we all look back on what we accomplished over the year. For some a college degree, some got married and for others they may have started a new job. Through all the awful things that occurred this year, we all accomplished something during those hard times. For me, I received a child life internship! This has been a goal of mine for two years. As a matter of fact, I must have this internship to graduate from my university. So, for two years (172 child life internship applications and six sessions) I finally received this amazing opportunity! I am so excited and beyond blessed!
For a time, I didn’t know if I was going to get an internship, but quitting and giving up was not an option. I knew that if I gave up I was not only giving up on my dream, but also on those children who have mental illnesses. If I gave up, I would not get to be a Certified Child Life Specialist in a psychiatric children’s hospital someday. With a great amount of enthusiasm and resilience I pressed onward and finally got an internship.
Throughout the spring/summer, I look forward in learning new things as I step out into the child life field as an intern. I look forward in advancing my knowledge and understanding of medical procedures, diagnoses and medical terminology, being an advocate for patients and their families within the health care system, and lastly, begin the transition from student to professional. I look forward in doing everything listed above much more.
Another thing that I accomplished was celebrating my one year blog anniversary! How fast a year came for my blog (July 6, 2016). Within that year, I blogged about different types of organizations: Little Wish Foundation and Child Mind Institute. I have blogged about Child Life Month, toys based on diagnosis, child life portfolio and my child life internship offer! Just to name a few.
With the new year approaching what do you hope to accomplish? Maybe a down payment on a house, completing college or maybe traveling overseas to another country (I highly recommend Germany).
For me personally, I hope to secure a child life job. While I have waited a great while for the internship, I pray finding a job is much easier and less stressful. During this next year, I put God in control and look to him to guide me during this up and coming year.
From Peace, Hope and Play I hope you all have a fantastic new year!