Monday, January 29, 2007

I miss my mommy...

I can distinctly remember me living in my parent's home and dreaming of the day I could leave my room without having to make my bed...Now, I am 25, married in my own apartment...and I can't wait to get back home to live close to my parents. I need a daily dose of mom and dad hugs that can't be possible at this time. I want weekends that Jesse and I can go home and spend with family and friends. Although there is something special to be said of the feeling of Jesse's arms around me making me feel like nothing can touch or hurt me, like my dissertation is just a small book report, and all our problems are simply tiny hills we need to walk over, I still need my mommy's "No te preocupes Mi Cielo...Todo saldra muy bien." Okay so my dad says that too but he calls me his princess. Well...I will be home soon....and better yet...Jesse will be with me....and maybe a third person too. One year and a'll go fast , right?

In other news...I went to mass today and couldn't help but tear up when the song's lyrics were "Do not be afraid, I am with you. I have called you each by name. Come and follow me, I will bring you home, I love you and you are mine." I am glad He is on my side....aren't you?

Saturday, January 27, 2007

80's Roller Rama

Some friends and I decided it would be a great idea to have a 80's themed rollerskating party at Wolf Pen Skating Rink. Jesse had to work unfortunately, but some of the other TaeKwonDo peeps joined us.... It was a blast. I tore up one of my sweatshirts and put of some leggings and we were off!!!

Chronicles of Interview Process - Part 5, 6, and 7

It has been a while and I am glad to say the interview proces is OVER!! A little on the last three places that I interviewed. First, I had my phone interview with the Child and Family Guidance Clinic in Northridge, California. I think it went very well. They have a Delinquency Prevention Program that I found very interesting. The interveiw last for about 45 minutes. I have to admit the phone interview is a bit different from a face to face interveiw. You can't read facial cues, and can't tell if they are expecting to hear more or less.
The next place I interviewed at was at Fort Worth ISD which was a wonderful program in my opinion. All the people were very nice and it seemed like the internship is very well structured. What I really enjoyed about this sit and that the year is dedicated to the interns and the experiences they want to undergo. All of the interns seemed quite happy and all the pschologists were very laid back as well.
The last place I interveiwed was Houston ISD. My interveiw was delayed a week due to the wonderful ice we encountered in Texas. My interview at Houston was different than all the others. They had 4 rooms and from 2 to 4 peopl ein each room shooting questions at you. It kept me on my toes and I felt very goo dabout all my answers and my background. The Houston internship was definitely a well rounded program and with 200,000 studetns there is a great variety of clients I could encounter. I really enjoyed all of the aspects of the program and the psychologists seemed to know their field relatively well. I have heard that their program is one of the better ones among school districts. They are very hearvy in crisis intervention and consultation which are two areas I enjoy. Plus, they offer a wide range of opportunities to develop other areas of interest as well. may ask......what are my rankings??? Well you are soon to find out....however, due to anyone having access to my blog....I will let you know on Feb. 23. The day we find out whether we matched.

For now...the Chronicles will go on pause for a couple of weeks...but I will be able to write on other aspects of our life.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Chronicles of Interview Process - Part 3 and 4

Howdy fellow readers! I am finally home from Dallas and Lewisville, and a bit more confused. hehe. I interviewed at Dallas ISD Tuesday and it was a very disappointing. When we visited in the Fall and a couple of years ago, it seemed like a very warm, inviting place. This time, it was a bit hmmm impersonal. We went to lunch with some of the psychologists, but few introduced themselves. I really couldn't tell who was interviewing and who was the person bering interviewed. During the interview, the process was very uninviting. You were presented a scenario and asked to interpret it. The part that I found very uneasy, was the fact that those interviewing looked down at their papers writing and rarely looked up. After the scenario was over they asked if i had any questions for them. The other places I interviewed asked about my interests and personality. Well...besides that experience, i don't want to rule them out, because I had high hopes for them before interviews. I REALLY like the program and have a great population. They have the opportunity to work with Hispanics, crisis intervention, adolescents, and many more. I did feel relieved however, when some of the same people interviewed at Lewisville the next day, said they felt the same way about the interview.
Lewisville was earlier today, and I have to admit I was a bit more impressed than I thought I was going to be. Durig the interview, they did stress they were trying not to be so focused just on assessment and incorporate other programs. They had some interesting family opportunities and working with other populations. I felt very good about the interview and got a very good vibe from the psychologists there.

As an added bonus, Jesse had the opportunity to work out at GT Sport TaeKwonDo on Tuesday night. He expressed genuine interest in Dallas, so at least I know he would be very happy here. It is important to me that he feels good wherever we go even though it is such a short time (one year). I have a phone interview tomorrow morning. I will let you know how that goes.

By the way, I am behind on returning phone calls. Please forgive me. I have heard your messages, but have been on the move for the past 6 days. Love you guys!

Monday, January 8, 2007

Chronicles of Interview Process - Part 2

So The Nebraska Interview went very well. I felt pretty strong in all of my responses. The interesting part is that I was completely at ease. I wasn't nervous before or during, I just went in and did my thing.
Today, I went to Cy-Fair ISD for my second interview. I arrived at about 10:30 and went with one of the interns to tour two of the schools. We came back and I had lunch with about 4 psychologists and some staff. The interview followed with the director of Cy-Fair ISD Psychological Services and the Internship director. Again, I didn't fell nervousness at all, and felt comfortable with all of my answers. Over all, it went very well. I got a very positive feeling about this site. The internship site is very well rounded and offers a great variety of opportunities to develops one's professional experience. The interns spoke very well of it and had no complaints. They said that the work environment is awesome and the staff is always willing to help you out. This is definitely going to be one of the top choices. Tomorrow, I travel to Dallas to interview, followed by Lewisville on Wednesday. I will keep you up to date...

In other news, a safe buon voyage is shouted out to my brother and his family as they depart to Qatar tomorrow. We said goodbye to them on Sunday. Teary-eyed Jesse and I walked to our car and left Houston. It took us a while to open up conversation once we began our drive back home. They will be back in June, so we won't see them for about 6 months. Plus, we have the webcam and Skype. It was so nice to have them down the road, it will be quite different without them here. We wish them a safe journey!

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Chronicles of Interview Process - Part 1

Howdy from Omaha, Nebraska!!! I am sitting in my hotel room at the Best Western. I arrived this morning at 10:30 and rented a car which I drove to Lincoln to visit Catholic Social Services. I then drove back to Omaha and arrived at my hotel room. I have to admit I am extremely proud of myself. I didn't get too too lost. Catholic Social Services is a Catholic based clinic which serves about 90,000 people, 80% of which are Catholic. I have to admit, this site definitely has many aspects that I like. The location, however, isn't my top choice. I really enjoyed the collaboration between psychology and the Catholic Church. As I walked into the clinic and I saw multiple pictures of the pope and statues of different saints. The start off everyday by praying the rosary and have daily mass before the work day. Even though their practices are stictly Cathlic, they have research based practices as well. I have my official interview tomorrow, so I will let you know how that goes. I have an abundance of interviews within the next two weeks. I will keep you updated to how that goes. As for right now, I am going to go back to my fictional reading before going to bed.

A funny quote I heard today rings so true:
"Catholic psychologists have it harder than most. Psychologists don't trust them because they are Catholic and Catholics don't trust them because they are psychologists"