Apr
5

Just Two Lonely Grad Students

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Let me paint a picture for you...

There they were... Just two lonely grad students walking the mean streets of Jefferson City, trying to change the world...

Haha, the two lonely grad students I refer to are my friend, Brent and me. Yesterday we traveled to Jeff City, the capital of Missouri, to participate in the Missouri Psychological Association's Legislative Day. We were joined by 10 or 11 psychologists from all over the state, as well as 3 other Forest students.

I had the opportunity to go and shake hands with some of the elected officials from our state and talk to them about the positive impact psychological services can have on Missourians. It was really pretty awesome!!! And I think a lot of good things happened for the future of psychology. The highlight of the day for me was being able to meet and shake hands with Representative Eric Burlison, who is the elected official for the district I live in. He was very receptive to the information we provided him with and I look forward to seeing how things play out in the future.

If I learned anything from my experiences at the capital building, I learned that relationships are so important. I got a first hand look at how a little effort in networking in the past can pay big dividends in the future. I'm going to work even harder now at networking with area psychologists and representatives alike...

I'm seeing more and more that networking isn't as scary as I thought it would be. I always felt like I didn't have anything I could possibly say to someone who has been in the field so much longer than I have and who has such great knowledge and experience to share. But I'm seeing that it's okay to just be me and that I'm not going to get shot down or told I'm stupid for asking questions I may have. The psychologists I've been meeting lately and even the representatives at the capital building are just people like me. They aren't up on a pedestal. They aren't unapproachable. They're just people like me and they were once young and just starting out, curious about everything. So I am hopeful and excited for the future! and I'm looking forward to growing relationships I've formed through networking and doing more networking to form new ones.

But for now, I must put networking aside... I have a biopsych exam tomorrow and I'm not at all prepared...