Monday was the first day of my 3rd practicum placement. I have 4 to do in order to graduate so this means I am (just a little bit) more than halfway done. Hurray! The only bummer is that this placement is on campus. That means that "clients" come to the clinic on campus and the graduate clinicians (me, and my buddies) provide therapy, and our professors/ supervisors watch us and make sure we don't mess anything up. This sounds like fun, but it's actually nothing like any SLP job anyone would ever really have in the "real world". There is way more work than in the "real world", and much less interaction time with "clients" than in the "real world".
This would not be an issue if I had never gone off campus and seen how things happen in the "real world". But alas, I have been to the real world, and seen how SLP there function, and now I am back in the contrived world and it is driving me insane. Imagine being stuck in a deep dark hole. While you are in the hole you can see a teeny tiny speck of light. As time in the hole passes the light gets a little bigger, and eventually after days and days of being stuck in the hole you finally get to leave and feel blinded by all the light and so happy that you are out (in the "real world"). Then imagine your dismay when someone kicks you back in the dark hole. That is how I feel right now.
Not a good way to feel. I knew I would feel this way so I decided that in order to boost my mood I would get a hair cut. Here it is:
What do you think? I like it.
I promise I will be in a better mood from now on. And if not then just know that there are only 92 more days left of on campus clinic. And only 184 until I graduate! Hurray, that speck of light just got a little brighter and closer!