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Intern’s Nook – Week 2

(left) Me freshman yr as an observer; (proper) Me now!

These first two weeks of internship I’ve stepped into a job that I haven’t been in since I used to be a freshman in school: an observer. In some methods, it feels bizarre to be an observer once more after main classes for the previous 5 semesters in class. Nonetheless, upon reflection, I’ve discovered that there are advantages to being an observer at this level in my schooling.

The Alternative to Get Snug

I’ve spent the final 4 years studying from and getting snug with the workers at WIU. That is the primary time that I’m leaving my “music remedy” residence to work on my abilities elsewhere with new mentors. Being an observer once more offers me the chance to get myself acquainted and comfy on this new setting. Moreover, it additionally offers me the house to work together and get acquainted with the music therapists I’m working with at MTC earlier than the added pressures of co-leading and main. I’m nonetheless working by some nerves, however I’ve discovered the music therapists at MTC to be very supportive as I get acclimated to life as an intern.

The Alternative to Replicate

Observing the music therapists at MTC work has given me the chance to replicate on myself and my present abilities as a music therapist in coaching. I’ve been in a position to replicate on how I might react to sure conditions and examine that to the reactions of the therapists I’m observing. There has additionally been the chance replicate on the areas that I really feel snug and the areas that I have to work and develop in. I’ve the chance to replicate on my work with related populations prior to now and the way I can enhance upon my abilities going ahead. One such inhabitants I labored so much with in school was older adults. The previous two weeks I’ve been in a position to replicate on that have and the way I can enhance whereas watching classes at Concordia Senior Companies.

The Alternative to Be taught

Whereas I’ve discovered about many alternative populations and skilled some throughout my time at WIU, there are some populations that I’m experiencing for the primary time at MTC. I’ve examine so many alternative populations, however I haven’t discovered all I can about them. I’m a really arms on and visible learner; observing offers me the house to study new populations on this manner.

Pediatrics is one inhabitants that has at all times been of curiosity to me that I haven’t been in a position to expertise but. I’ve spent six mornings up to now at St. John’s Youngsters’s Hospital, which has already expanded my data tremendously in that space. It additionally offers me a brand new perspective to study populations that I’ve been in a position to work with throughout my time in class. Lastly, it offers me the chance to study extra in regards to the purchasers and areas I’ll quickly be working with.

The massive distinction between being an observer now vs. freshman yr is that I’m able to take a look at these experiences by a extra educated lens. I’m slowly beginning to do extra co-leading actions with the music therapists at MTC. I look ahead to seeing how that compares to my co-leading experiences from my sophomore yr of school. 

Thanks for studying and keep in mind to have compassion for your self as you develop!


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