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Anteater to Toro to Tar Heel?

For the past few weeks I’ve been sick with a sore throat, stuffy nose, sneezing, and etc. I thought I would make progress on my graduate school decisions while I was laying in bed. Please don’t ask why I thought it was a good idea. It could have to do with all the medication I’ve been taking. I came up with a list of four possible schools I want to apply for. #1 is USC. They have the subconcentration of working with military families and veterans services and that falls right into place with what I want to do. Down side is that tuition for a year is 91,000+. #2 is UNC Chapel Hill. They have a community and non-profit services leadership concentration which would be excellent for my goals to run a non-profit organization. The down side is that it’s on the other side of the country. Am I really THAT independent? I have no clue. #3 is UCLA. They have a non-profit sector concentration which is similar to UNC CH. They also have Operation Mend which would an amazing opportunity. Down side is it’s super hard to get in. It is UCLA after all. #4 is University of Chicago. They have a community, administrative, leadership concentration. It’s very broad which I love and hate at the same time. It’s ranked as the best program out of the four. The down side is the tuition and rent would leave me in debt forever and it’s far away from home.

I’m the type of person that would always chose to live by sand and water if I had to pick. I don’t know if I’ll survive the winters of Chicago or Chapel Hill. Right now I’m leaning towards Chapel Hill because it’ll give me an opportunity to grow as a person and be independent, learn about different cultures, and it’s way cheaper than the other three. The only dilemma I have is that there’s no specific sub concentration like SC has. Ugh! It’s driving me crazy right now. I cannot decide where to go. Oh and the anteater is the mascot from UCI (my alumni). The toro is the mascot from CSU Dominguez Hills which is also my alumni. Anyone have any input? I’ve officially declared that I am the most indecisive person ever.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

what to do with a psych degree?

When I first graduated with a psychology degree I was thinking I’d never get a decent paying job unless I went to grad school and got a masters degree. Technically, it depends on what your perspective of “decent pay” is. Last week I was chit chatting with a friend of mine who happens to be a military wife. She lives in San Clemente..by the beach. I’m sending her as much nasty glares as possible because I miss living in Irvine. She was asking me about my degree since she recently graduated and was looking for employment. I told her I’d write it all in a post so she could read it because it was way too much talking on the phone. No I’m not rude. I just happen to hate talking on the phone. First of all, it depends on what type of psychology degree you have. I know, what the heck does that mean? Well UCI has two types of psych degrees. You could either enter the School of Social Ecology and earn a BA in Psychology and Social Behavior (like I did) or you could enter the School of Social Sciences and earn a BA in Psychology. What’s the difference? If you can’t tell from the name, the first one is primarily based on social behavior. It also depends on what you want to do. A psych degree is very general so the field of employment is very broad. You could work as a teachers assistant, a paraprofessional, case manager, behavioral interventionist, youth leader, insurance agent, car salesperson, marketing assistant, and etc. The first few make sense but a car salesperson? A lot of people don’t know that companies like Enterprise hire individuals with psych degrees or communication degrees. Psychology is based on communicating and all that yada yada so don’t focus on one type of job while browsing.

Okay here’s the breakdown of places that hire individuals with psych degrees as far as I know of.
Teacher Assistants/Instructional Aides/Paraprofessionals (the fancy term): School districts (usually requires 2 or years of experience), Olive Crest, and McKinley Children’s Center

Case Managers: Ability First and 5 Acres

Behavioral Interventionist: Easter Seals and Sage Behavioral Services

Insurance Agent: Aflac and Farmer’s Insurance

Car Salesperson: Enterprise

I hope that helps Ren! 🙂 I think a lot of the more popular companies like Farmer’s Insurance will be easier to locate for military spouses because they’re always on the move. Easter Seals is an excellent company to work with if you’re a military spouse because they have a program for veterans. It’s right up your alley 🙂 They pay fairly well too. Starting wage for a BI is $16-18. If anyone knows of anymore places/companies than let me know! I’ll be sure to pass it along.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina

graduation/fathers day

I’m probably super late on this but Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers out there! 🙂 I’ve been so blessed to have such an amazing man whom I call my daddy. Today was my graduation from UCI. The only thing I can still remember while typing this is that it was so hot! Those gowns are stuffy as heck. I was really excited to graduate because now I can begin a new chapter of my life as a UCI alumni. Rock on Class of 2012! 🙂
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This is my baba (father)! Happy Fathers Day BaBa 🙂 I hope I have made you proud.
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This is my grandma. She is one of the strongest women I know. She has always inspired me to do amazing things and make a difference. I’m glad I was able to share my special day with her.
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This one is of my family. Without their love and support I would not be where I am today.
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This is me sweating like crazy under the black gown while waiting for my ceremony to start! I guess I should have looked into water proof make up.
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This is our zot, zot, zot signs. Only because UCI’s mascot is an anteater. It’s not a rock out sign, although it resembles it very closely. You have to pull your thumb back more and it’ll be an anteater! 🙂 Happy reading.

Fail Sweetly,
Justina