Donut Know What To Do: Coronavirus and Volunteering

The basis of becoming a child life specialist is centered around paid/volunteer experiences with children and if you’re stuck in your house for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus- how can you best be using your time? Here’s a few ways to virtually volunteer!

Recipe to Becoming a Certified Child Life Specialist

After receiving multiple direct messages on my Instagram page from a variety of students in different walks of life, I realized everyone was asking for the same thing – DIRECTION. This one is for you! Where To Begin: Volunteering First and foremost, get into a volunteer position under a Certified Child Life Specialist at a local…

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…

I Volunteer As Tribute

Perhaps you’re just getting started in the field and notice that there’s a lot of steps to this career. Feeling overwhelmed is totally normal. So where do you start? Perhaps you’re finishing up your practicum and feel like your resume still isn’t up to par with your peers. Maybe this is your third time applying…

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!…

A Hip, A Hop, A HIPAA Violation

This past week, I participated in my first ever Schwartz Rounds held at our hospital. What I thought was going to be a lecture, turned out to be a ‘join-me-at-the-table discussion’ with doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, child life specialists, volunteers and students. We discussed the very delicate topic of “What Happened To My Patient?”…