Wait, I'm in Graduate School?

It is October of 2018, I am now 25 years old and I attend Mercer University pursuing my Doctorate in Psychology. Wait, WHAT? If you had asked me even 5 years ago what my life would look like today that picture would look quite a bit different. That being said, I think I like this version a lot better. Even so, it seems like we blink and life happens before our eyes. Yet, it is the decisions that we make along the way that get us where we are going. So here I am in Atlanta, Georgia! I get to pursue my dream of being a Psychologist and help people on an individual level, making a difference. I just have a lot of work to do before I get to that point.

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I am in a five year program here at Mercer. Our first year is mostly classes for three semesters (yes, I am here for summers as well). Then starting our second year we have classes as well as practicum sites where we get to put all of our learning into a real life setting. The fifth year is an internship, and I can be anywhere in the country for that, as long as the site and I match! Then of course there is postdoctoral study and all that goes with it. Yes, it’s going to be a long haul but I can guarantee that it will be worth it.

So how did I even get here? I was a Communication and Marketing major in undergrad at Auburn, which isn’t really a direct path to a Psy.D. That’s completely true. And while you do not officially have to have a full degree in Psychology to apply to graduate school within the field, I knew that I wanted to go all out. So, in 2017 I enrolled to pursue my second degree. I attended the University of Alaska Anchorage to pursue my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and am so happy with my decision. This allowed me to have a more solid foundation when starting graduate school, and I am sure that it looked better on my applications.

Right now I am loving what I am learning, and spend a lot of time studying, as I should. It’s going to be a lot of work, I am sure that I have mentioned that, but every step of the way I know that what I am working towards is so worth it. I mean, nothing worth achieving was ever really that easy was it? Thinking about the goals that I previously held, the ones that meant the most were always the ones that I put my heart and soul into, working hard every step of the way. I imagine this is exactly like that but I will let you know in 5 years!

So here we go, I am taking you on this journey with me! Follow along as you wish!

Ellie