Orientation is right around the corner!
The summer has come and gone and fall is knocking at the door.
I am wrapping up my last week as a nanny, both bitter and sweet. I’ve been a nanny for the last two years and I’ve also held a few short term babysitting positions along side and it gets easier to say goodbye each time. It has been an enriching experience that has taught me a lot, both about myself and about children. There really isn’t a guide you can read, its hands on, and you learn more about yourself in the process. It does harbor copious amounts of patience but it is also very rewarding.
It’s been easier to say goodbye to the family I’ve worked with the last year because I’ve been ready to enter graduate school for some time. All the stars have aligned and I find myself in a very serene place. Maybe the calm before the storm?
I was awarded an hourly position with my schools speech and hearing clinic which has been a god sent! It’s allowed me to have sense of security with all the unknowns. I’ve been there this summer and have seen the patient population, the second years and met most of the faculty- which is amazing. I’ve also learned our EMR system and the gist of how the department runs.
My program offers a cultural diversity option which I’ve applied to. I attended a seminar beforehand to learn more about it and see if it was a good fit and if I wanted to dedicate the time to it. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before but a cornerstone of my application was based on increasing the diversity within the SLP field- insert quote on stats of minoroties- make up the SLP field?
UMD is actively trying to change that, which makes me feel so happy about my choice to be there.
Our class is also small, which historically seems to always be the case, no wonder they rank the highest in the DMV area. Small class, large faculty to student ratio, diversity, LEAP and now the cultural diversity track. One thing that attracted me to UMD before wanting to go there was that it’s a state institution, and that they constantly review their curriculum to make sure that they are up to date with requirements. They recently added a neuro course and aural rehab to their list of pre-reqs, annoying but necessary and a reflection that they care about what their students learn.
After probing the second year that works with me, she gave me some good tips on supplies to buy for the year.
-a white board and markers- she says that they are a great tool you can use with all students
– a voice recorder, we don’t need the external mic, she suggested I buy one I can directly plug into my computer.
– grocery or fabric bags, she made a great suggestion to keep materials for different clients in each bag so I could just grab and go! I bought some at madewell for 5.00! Great buy , I had been searching on Amazon and they were a bit more expensive. Also Whole Foods has some smaller lunch looking grocery bags for .50. I stacked up on those to take my lunch.
Orientation is next week!
I am also almost done with my summer reading list! I’ll update it later!