In case you missed my announcement on Friday afternoon…
I had no idea when I walked in for an admissions interview last Friday that I would leave knowing that I would be starting my Masters in Counseling & Psychology in two months! But I found out pretty quickly while chatting with the Admission Director that she was going to let me know whether or not it would be a good fit.
We started off like most interviews: why do I want to be a therapist, why do I want to go to St. Mary’s University, what are my perspectives on a couple of issues in counseling. Then we talked about my previous work in school, mostly because the director was trying to decide whether or not I needed to take an introductory psychology class separate from the coursework. Luckily I was able to show her that I’m a quick study and able to do well in classes without a lot of foundation (read: Anatomy & Physiology). I ended up leaving the interview with an Intro to Psychology textbook to do some self-study over the next eight weeks.
We also spent a lot of time talking specifically about the program. The classes, the schedule, the practicum and the thesis paper. And before I knew it, she was telling me that she would send in the paperwork to admit me that afternoon and I should get a confirmation email with my student log-in information at the beginning of next week. Then we spent the rest of the interview looking at the Student Portal of the college’s website.
When I left, she told me to save the date for August 21, the day of new student orientation. It was strange and unexpected to walk out already know that I was accepted. I was anticipating having to wait and wait for a letter and then nervously open it up with Erik. But this was definitely much preferred! And I was really surprised when the confirmation email arrived later that afternoon!
I’m really happy and excited to have this next phase of my life locked down. It’s been really uncomfortable and unsettling to not really have a clear idea of what’s going to come next. I’ve spent a lot of time “working toward” something and even though I’m still working toward a career as a therapist, somehow it just seems a lot more definitive. Like this is really going to happen.
I really am going to be a therapist. Woah.