This year I am juggling work, classes, and practicum experience. I am working part-time as a graduate assistant in the psychology department at my university, basically supporting undergraduate students on their research projects for the year. I also work in the education department, providing assistance to first year graduate students in my program also on their research papers. Academic writing is one of my strengths (or so I've been told), so hopefully I will be able to provide good support! On Wednesday I met with the professor I will mostly be working with, and I was excited to find out that I'll have a small office space to work with students in and I get keys to access the building! I'm feeling all official now!
Two outfits that I've worn recently--sorry for the terrible lighting. The left was for orientation and the right was for work.
|#1: Merona tee, J. Crew skirt (thrifted), Halogen flats (thrifted)|
#2: J. Crew shirtdress (thrifted), same Halogen flats. In the background is my
mini Longchamp tote that I purchased via ThredUp for $13.
On Thursday I attended orientation for the first year students in my program. It's pretty informal, and it was so much fun to catch up with some of my cohort friends that I haven't seen in awhile. I didn't realize how much I missed some of them! During orientation, the professors introduced themselves and gave a brief talk of the program. Afterwards, we broke out into small group table-talks where the first year students were able to ask us questions and get advice. In our program we are all paired up with a mentor who is one year ahead of us, so I got to meet my mentee for the first time. She's super sweet and I hope she adjusts well.
For practicum, I'll be at two sites during this semester. I've really enjoyed working at the preschool center, so I am going to continue to put in hours there. However, most of my time will be spent at a middle school. I'm so excited to be working with middle schoolers. I know that it is such an awkward age for them and the transition from elementary school to middle school can be incredibly difficult, so I'm particularly enthusiastic about this placement.
Since I am going to be working in a school setting again and also because of my job responsibilities, I am excited to get dressed in more professional clothing. My university has a dress code to which we have to abide to during our fieldwork:
I think mostly everything on the list is pretty good standards to abide by! However, I do think a tee is fine to wear with a skirts or work pants, so I'll probably end up being a rebel and doing that anyways. I have gained some weight over the past year, so many of my pencil skirts are too tight for my personal comfort. I'm trying to be more purposeful about my food and exercise habits, which was poor last year. So, especially for now I think a lot of my outfits are going to be featuring pants which I am okay with, especially when working in a middle school setting. Also, my style has changed somewhat. My preference now is definitely for more neutral colors and more simple styling, which is a difficult to do when I have lots of bright colors and patterns in my closet. It'll be interesting to see how I put together what I already have in my closet to match my present taste.
I hope all my fellow educators out there have a wonderful school year! Thanks for stopping by!