Hi, I’m Jessica – I’m a Certified Child Life Specialist, and one of my greatest passions is helping students. I was in your shoes not too long ago myself (5 years ago). I can remember all of the feels, almost exactly, if I close my eyes and focus on that time in my life. The jitters, the low self-esteem, the “do I really have what it takes?” conversations going back and forth with the ones I love; which mind you, the ones I love, while they are so very supportive, had absolutely zero idea what it was that I was trying to achieve.
My mom, during the first year of my job told someone that I’m “basically a social worker.” God bless her, but she’s my biggest support. So we have to constantly give grace to those cheering us on as they don’t understand, but half the time I felt like I also didn’t understand.
I went to a school in Indiana that didn’t specialize in child life. I got my degree in Psychology and was able to find all the right classes to meet my eligibility requirements. No one at my school had any clue what child life was – I just happened upon it and knew I wanted to do it. So at a school that didn’t specialize, with no one there to help me, I had to find my own way – and I was good at it.
I’m grateful to have the gift of organization and the drive to seek out what inspires me. Without those two gifts, I wouldn’t have been able to get to where I am now.
I know that is not the case for a lot of people – being organized is something you literally never think you’ll achieve, you feel 100% lost, and would love it if there was someone to give encouragement, help the process feel smoother, and sometimes shake you by the shoulders when the low self-esteem rolls around. If that’s the case for you – I am your person. I am your mentor. Together, I truly think we can get you where you want to go. I have worked for the last three years as our department’s Child Life Practicum Supervisor, so I have a good idea of what hospitals are looking for in applicants and application materials. Take the leap! Let’s work together to make your application stand out!
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