My plan for 2018



I am a planner. I need checklists of things to do and things that are on my mind. With that being said, I of course have a plan for 2018. This will also give you an idea of what you can expect to see me writing about over the next year.

  • I want to look into becoming certified in Infant Massage. Babies in the NICU need soothing touch so I think this would be a great thing to build my resume with. I am looking into a couple different programs
  • I am signed up for my first intro to Child Life class through UCSB Extension. It begins at the beginning of Jan. They offer an online certificate in Child Life. I am starting with just the intro class because I am hoping to get into a grad program that offers child life.
  • I need to submit my grad school applications for Fall 2018.
    • University of Minnesota – I really really really want to get into this program. Send me positive vibes!
    • Arizona State University –  If I choose this route I need to take the remaining required Child Life classes through UCSB extention
      • Applied Behavior Analysis
      • Family and Human Development
      • Social Work – I like this route as well because I can always make a career change if I really want/need to. I would take the Child Life classes through UCSB to qualify for the exam. The tricky part is going to be finding an internship that will work for both social work and Child Life. Not sure if that is possible.
  • I want to begin volunteering at a new hospital, make new connections and just get a fresh start. I have already begun the process through UCSF Mission Bay, I am just waiting for the health clearance.
  • Apply for a Child Life practicum.


My Online Academic Experience

All throughout high school and some of college I have never been a great student. I never really developed study habits, and in all honesty, I just strongly disliked school. I didn’t like sitting in a classroom having to do group projects with people who couldn’t care less about what their grade was, and I never learned anything by a professor standing in the front of a room lecturing me.

After High School in 2010 I did not go to college right away, I needed a break. When It was time for me to being college I took classes for a couple years at my local Community College, taking the basic classes I needed. I then transferred to San Jose State University to study Child and Adolescent Development. Well, that was a disaster. I live about 45 minutes from SJSU, had to leave home at about 7:00am to park and get to my 9am class on time. That wasn’t even the bad part. I took one semester at SJSU and when I went to register for the following semester, all the classes I needed were already filled. The CHAD program was so impacted that students had a very hard time getting into classes. This was not a game I wanted to play.

So, though the community college I had attended I came across an online program through Arizona State University. I knew I would be able to handle online classes because through the community college I had taken a handful and really enjoyed them. I spoke with an enrollment advisor through ASU and it really did sound like the perfect program for me. My biggest concern? Would my diploma say “Online” on it? (It doesn’t by the way.)

Although online classes are the future, I still feel like there is a stigma associated with it. If someone says they got an online degree it may seem less of a success or of lesser value than an “on campus” degree.

My experience with Arizona State University was absolutely amazing. I have never been so successful as a student. I graduated with my BS in Family and Human Development in August 2017. I have made some amazing online friends, and the sense of community through Arizona State is like nothing I have experienced in regards to an academic institution. I had such a positive experience through Arizona State that I actually WANT to go back to school to get a Masters. This is a thought I had never entertained because of my lack of positive experience with education.

Check out the online degrees through ASU. They have a ton on Undergrad and Graduate programs available.