My Journey and Yours

Finding out about child life at a college that knew absolutely nothing about child life was extremely challenging. I had no advisors that could lead me – I was completely on my own. If there’s one thing that I’m good at, it’s figuring it out on my own. I was an unaffiliated student, and everyone…

Puzzled on Offer Day

It was a hot July morning the day we were to leave our AirBnb and fly back home after a beautiful honeymoon spent in a tiny town in California. My husband, Sam, and I both love adventure, but are homebodies and introverts at heart. We went to the nearest drug store and bought the biggest…

An Open Letter To My Fellow Students

*This blog post is written by a mentee of mine, Allison Zylka. I love watching my mentees all the way through the process of their journey, whether that be the application process or interviewing for a spot for either practicum or internship. The whole process can be very stressful and I absolutely love cheering my…

Perfecting Your Portfolio

Should you or should you not bring a portfolio to an in-person interview? I think a lot of students toy with this question during interviews. It’s all up to you and how you feel, however I did and I think it was a big selling point for why I got offered the internship and the…

Pick Me, Choose Me, Love Me

Do you ever feel like everyone else is getting the practicum, the internship or the job and you can’t seem to figure out why you’re struggling to land one yourself? You’ve had multiple people look over your applications and you don’t seem to have a problem getting interviews. A lot of hospitals don’t have the…

Points to Cover in a Cover Letter

Title Tips Make your name big and make it noticeable (in a professional way). When I’m looking at 30+ applications, you want your name to make a statement on the page so that when they’re all spread out in front of me, yours continues to show me your name. Have your font/colors from your resume…

More Like a Ship, Less Like A House

Rejections are hard. They are really rotten and they hurt no matter what. Most students apply to 15+ hospitals (I usually recommend to my students anywhere from 25-30) and with that I guarantee there will be rejections. You will not get interviews to every site you apply to that’s why it’s recommended you apply to lots!…

Toy Story 4…Application Round #4

*Watch this short, 30-second trailer prior to reading* Toy Story 4 is coming out this year – FINALLY – 9 years after Toy Story 3’s debut back in 2010. I was watching this new teaser trailer they just released and it kind of reminded me of the child life application/interview process for practicums and internships….

Resumé, Resu-May Not

As an aspiring child life specialist, it is always important that the items on your resume be resume builders not resume destroyers. Here are several land mines to try and avoid as you put together your all-star, first place, resume. When In Doubt, Leave It Out Unrelated job or volunteer experiences may make your resume…

The Practicality of a Practicum

Practicums aren’t necessarily “required” however they do offer lots of advantages to most students who complete one prior to obtaining an internship. A practicum is a designated amount of unpaid hours (typically anywhere from 100-200 hours) for one to observe Certified Child Life Specialists in typically a hospital setting on assigned unit(s) (pediatrics, surgery, emergency department, etc).

Signed, Sealed, Delivered…and Waiting

So your applications are signed, sealed and delivered to the countless hospitals you’re applying to this semester. Take a deep breath because you did it! You. Did. It! While it might have felt crazy and chaotic sending all of those applications out, it’s also crazy and chaotic on our end sorting through them all and…

I See You, Future Child Life Specialist

This time of year can be so, so stressful. You may still be in school and experiencing finals week, or maybe you’re in the throes of graduate school and trying to get all of your ducks in a row, or maybe this December is just really stressful with all of the family and friends you’ll…