Thinking back on how I felt this time last year…I never thought I would be at this point in my training. I remember how daunting thesis preparation felt and the anxious feelings revolving around summer rotations. The statement “time flies” is an understatement.
Since last Spring break life has been in high gear; constantly evolving and growing. I remember preparing for my first counseling session this time last year, feeling like I was going to be sick due to nerves. Now, I feel equipped and ready for whatever patient comes through my door. I have been challenged daily to broaden my knowledge of genetics and counseling techniques to evolve into a counselor who is ready to go out into the world of genetic counseling. My classmates and I have all risen to the challenge.
In other news…I, and some of my other classmates, now have jobs! The rest are actively interviewing and preparing for job acceptance. Being offered a job is such a great feeling! It is exciting to know what specialty you will be practicing in, who your colleagues will be, etc.
Thesis is in full swing as well. We have all completed our data collection and are actively analyzing, drawing conclusions and preparing to write up our discussions. I personally am excited for this part of thesis; it is interesting to see what conclusions can be drawn from all of the hard work that has been done in the past year.
Finally, graduation! This is something that is on everyone’s minds (I am sure of it). While this is not something we are actively discussing yet (likely due to the push to finish thesis) I know everyone is excited. We will be pushed out of the “USC Genetic Counseling nest” and will be able to start life. We are well prepared and eager to begin a new chapter of being a genetic counselor.