I know I’ve taken a while to update. I finished my final placement over a week ago on the Friday, and it was a bittersweet ending.
Leaving my students without a proper goodbye, as the final day ended with the Christmas concert, so all the kids simply got off the stage and found their parents. BITTER
Finally having some time to relax and sleep and read and play computer games with my Flan and my brother. SWEET
The realisation that I now have to focus on my dissertation before the final term starts. BITTER
Having six weeks before the start of the final term. SWEET
The realisation that I now have only six months until I have to enter the ‘real’ world. BITTER
My supervisor confirming that I am, in fact, great with technology and should possibly pursue a career in assistive technology. SWEET
I’ve learned a lot over this placement – a lot about paediatrics, but even more about myself. In the second half, I had to really be honest with myself and work extra hard, and I think I made great personal gains. While I didn’t do as well as my perfectionist self would have liked when I initially began working at the school, I did much better than I expected. Paediatrics is tough! I’m quite proud to say I made it through the fourteen weeks.
I don’t really know where to start. My days are so busy now, what with being able to finally get on the computer and write notes. The extra time I had the first two weeks at work that could be spent studying are now devoted to writing notes, but I come home in the afternoons/evenings too exhausted to study, or do anything really, so I feel I’m falling behind.
Luckily, my PE says I’m working on a B average already for my competencies, which is pretty good for Week 3 of 10. The only place I’m a bit lacking in is demonstrating my knowledge and understanding of mental health issues, which even I knew was terrible. Therefore, I finally found time to go to the medical library in the hospital grounds and sign up, asking the library assistant to give me a pile of relevant books. I’ve also bought myself the MOHO textbook, as MOHO is heavily used in this setting.
Anyway, now I need to watch a video on safeguarding children that I was supposed to watch ages ago.