Audrey’s Top Ten Internship Learnings!

Hello everyone! I can’t believe it but I am already at the end of my internship! This has been a goal that I have had for so many years, and I am so excited to finally be at the culmination of my education! I am so thankful for this experience that I have had, and so grateful to take all of my learnings with me.

Here are my top ten learnings from this time:

1. Spending an entire session on sensory integration and calming down is not a waste of a session!

I know so many clients that need to feel centered and calm when it comes to sensory stimulation and that absolutely nothing will get done if they are over or under stimulated. It is just as important to help our clients get what they need at that moment, and learn how to calm themselves down and self-regulate. This is not a waste of time!

2. Growth happens in the scariest places

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I remember the first time I was asked to cover a group for another therapist all on my

own. I was terrified and not sure if I would be able to do it! I remember feeling insecure

and nervous about my capabilities, but in the end the session went amazing! It is such a good feeling when you step out and try something new, and it goes amazing! It brought me so much confidence both in the skills I already had, but also in the benefit of trying new things. I love seeing how I am now confident leading sessions for clients I do not

know, because I have had the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone.

3. The power of themed sessions!

I never thought about using themed sessions outside of specific holidays before internship, but it has turned out to be one of the best ways for me to plan! It makes it so much easier to narrow down your session ideas, keeps things unique and interesting for your clients, and helps with things like reality orientation for your clients and understanding what is going on in the world around them.

4. The brain is incredible

WOW there is so much I didn’t know about the brain before coming to internship! Learning about neurologic music therapy and the power of music in the brain has been astounding. Neuroscience is amazing. There is so much we don’t know yet, but there is so much value in understanding the research behind what you are doing so that you can use those tools to focus on exactly what will work for your clients. I have learned so much about the brain and how I can use this to directly influence change and growth for my clients!

5. The power of singing a capella

As a vocalist, I knew my voice would be a strength of mine in sessions, but I did not realize how useful of a tool this would be, mostly because I don’t have to carry an instrument around with me when I sing! My instrument is a part of me, which makes it so easy to focus entirely on the client and what they may need in the moment. Singing a capella is also so beneficial for transitions between interventions in group sessions. I have found it very effective to sing the melody of a song for a “Name that tune” exercise in between interventions. This keeps clients engaged, but keeps my hands free to gather up or pass out instruments during transitions.

6. Time Management is essential

Internship can be really overwhelming and busy, but I found that setting myself up for success with good time management was the best way to keep myself from becoming too worn out. At the start of busy days I would take a few minutes to write down the top three things I wanted to accomplish that day. From there, I would make a list of other tasks that were less essential but I still wanted to get done. By creating a strategy for my little chunks of work time throughout the day, I was able to manage my time very effectively.

7. It’s not the end of the world

It’s easy to feel frustrated or upset when a session doesn’t go as planned, but I have learned to realize that this is a time of learning, and my supervisors know that I don’t know everything! Giving myself grace and understanding when I mess up and being okay with failing has been so healthy for me during this time. It’s okay if you mess up! It’s not the end of the world! “Failing” at something is one of the best ways to learn.

8. Don’t be afraid to take action

A huge learning curve for me, especially at the start of my internship, was to trust my gut and step in if I could see a client struggling or becoming overwhelmed. If you see a client becoming overstimulated or you can see a client may become aggressive or anything of the like, especially in a group setting, trust that you have the tools to do something about it before it escalates, and have the confidence to take action!

9. Be open to change and new ideas

When I first moved to San Diego for my internship, I was positive I wanted to go back home to Washington state after I finished my internship, but as time went on I realized that I wanted to be open to more options! It is so important to learn to be open to life changes, especially in a career like music therapy that can change so quickly! Being flexible and willing to try new things in your career will take you far!

10. You can totally do it!

I remember freshman year of college hearing that I would have to do an internship after college, and it seemed daunting and impossible. It is so easy to look at the mountain in front of you and think there is no way you can do it. I learned to take it one step at a time! Even if it seems overwhelming, just take the next step towards your end goal and you will be successful! One step at a time.

Thank you for reading my blog posts for the past 6 months, I am so thankful for the opportunity to share my learnings with you!

Audrey Cosgrove, MTI

Travel Themed Session Plan Inspiration

One of my favorite things to share is session plan ideas, because I know how valuable it is to have new ideas and get inspired by what others are doing! I have been using these interventions with a few of my groups and they have been really successful! Here are some ideas for your own session plans: 

 

Question of the Day: Where Do You Want to Travel? 

  1. MT uses a melodic cue to prompt the question to each client individually 
  2. “Where Do you want to travel?”
  3. MTI will sing “Conversations”, and ask each where they would like to travel
  4. Adaptation: MT can use a visual with photos of different options for answers for nonverbal clients

 

Songwriting: In the Jungle

  1. MT introduces and sings song “In the Jungle” with group 
  2. MT explains that we will be rewriting the song with different places and different animals to make our own song 
  3. MT gives each client the opportunity to pick a location and an animal to fill in blanks of song 
  4. Group sings new verse together 
  5. Example: 

 

In the ________________________

The mighty _________________

The ____________ Sleeps tonight 

 

  1. Places:  
    1. Jungle
    2. City
    3. Forrest 
    4. Dessert 
    5. Rain-forest 
    6. Arctic 
    7. Ocean
  2. Animals: 
    1. Peacock 
    2. Elephant 
    3. Puppy 
    4. Bear 
    5. Lion 
    6. Dolphin 
    7. Polar Bear

 

Sing-A-Long with Instruments: Song choice: Travel Themed

  1. MT prompts one client to pick a song from the song choice visual (photos representing each song)
  2. Group sings song and plays instruments together 
  3. Song options: 
    1. She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain
    2. A Whole New World 
    3. Home on the Range 
    4. Fly Me to the Moon 
    5. This Land is Your Land
    6. I’ve been Workin’ on the Railroad

 

Relaxation:  What a Wonderful World 

  1. MT prompts group to take deep breaths all together 
  2. MT sings What a Wonderful World, prompting client to continue deep breathes 

 

Attention: Travel Visuals Listening

  1. MT passes out pictures of different travel items to each client (passport, globe, suitcase, car, airplane, etc.)
  2. MT prompts group to listen for their object for their chance to hold it up for the group
  3. MT sings song  “We’re Going on a Trip” (any melody or words works for this intervention. One option that works well is using the melody of “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain”)

Travel Attention Song:

We are going on a trip 

Together today 

We have lots of things we need to bring along  X2

 

We need a SUITCASE 

To pack all of our clothes 

Who has the suitcase 

Lift it in the air! 

We need a PASSPORT 

So we know where to go 

Who has the passport 

Lift it in the air! 

We’ve got a SUITCASE and a PASSPORT 

(song continues with each new item added on and then reviewed)

3. MT sings this song until all items have been done

 

I hope this helps you think of some new ideas for your session plans! 

 

See you next time!

Audrey Cosgrove, MTI

Transforming your Interventions: The Transformational Design Model

The Transformational Design Model

Have you ever felt lost for how to address a certain goal with a client? Maybe you’ve never worked with that population before, addressed their specific goals, or are simply at a loss for inspiration? This past week I learned about one of the most useful models to make sure every intervention is functional and effective, called The Transformational Design Model (TDM)!

The Transformational Design Model, developed by Dr. Michael Thaut is a system to help therapists translate research into functional clinical practice. It ensures that each intervention is backed by research and intentional goals, which in turn brings the best results for clients! This model also ensures interventions are generalizable back to the clients daily life, which is an essential part of the process. It emphasizes a patient-centered rather than discipline-centered therapy and also helps music therapists to avoid two weaknesses: 

  1. An activity-based approach in which generic musical activities are adapted to therapeutic goals 
  2. The use of therapeutic music techniques that address therapeutic goals very broadly and generally, and are only weakly related to functional therapeutic outcomes

There are five parts to The Transformational Design Model: 

  1. List the client’s strengths/needs
  2. Write out one goal/objective you would like to focus on (based on their needs) 
  3. How this goal/objective would be addressed by a non-music therapist (speech therapist, physical therapist, teacher, etc.)
  4. How could you add musical stimuli to that exercise? (don’t just write a music experience-add music to the experience above). 
  5. How could you generalize back to the normal environment? (fade the music)

Example TDM: 

  1. Strengths & needs: Client has great rhythm and songwriting skills, and loves creating new songs. Client needs improved emotional awareness and coping skills for handling difficult emotions
  2. Goal: Increase ability to calm down when upset 
  3. Non-music therapist: Drawing out what how to calm down, writing a poem or brainstorming ideas 
  4. Create a songwriting intervention centered around coping strategies and ways to calm down when upset. Music helps to concrete these ideas in one’s mind and makes them easier to draw from memory when a situation arises. 
  5. Generalization: Create in session scenarios to practice calming down and using techniques written in song. 

 

This model is so helpful for going back to the basics and making sure that your interventions will make a real impact on your client! 

I hope this model is helpful for you!

  • Audrey Cosgrove, MTI

Valentine’s Day Inspiration!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so it’s  a great time to share some fun Valentine’s Day Interventions and exercises.  I am so excited to get the chance to do some themed sessions for Valentine’s Day, it is such a fun holiday!

 

Songwriting: I Love the Mountains

Materials: Songwriting sheet (for lyrics), heart tree and hearts (made via google images-see image below), expo marker, visuals for non-verbal clients

Goal areas: emotional expression, decision-making/choices, social connection with peers

  1. Music therapist introduces and sings song “I Love the Mountains” with group and prompts group members to sing on “Boom-de-ada” portion or play along on instruments
  2. Music therapist shows group “Heart tree” to place hearts with what clients love
  3. Music therapist asks group what things they love, using visual of options to prompt answers, especially for non-verbal clients
  4. Music therapist writes down client response on a heart, and prompts them to place it on the tree
  5. Once all hearts have been filled and all clients have answered, music therapist puts these into song “I Love the Mountains” 
  6. Music therapist sings song and acknowledges what each client said (if done in a one-on-one session

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Social Skills Hearts:

Materials: social skills hearts (made via google images and text-boxes), tambourine or other container to pass, bluetooth speaker 

Goal: social skills, social interaction, making choices/decisions

  1. MT puts hearts with social skills questions written on them inside of a tambourine 
  2. MT plays the song “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars on bluetooth speaker 
  3. MT prompts clients to pass tambourine around the circle.
  4. When the music stops, whoever has the tambourine draws a heart out of it and answers the question inside 
  5. This continues until all clients have answered a question/drawn a heart
  6. Adaptations: : for non-verbal clients, create a visual with photo options for answers to each question, so that everyone can participate! You can also use a microphone to motivate verbal responses from individual clients, or have verbal clients ask the question to their friend to promote socialization. For individual sessions, clients can drum along or play an instrument with the song until it pauses, and then choose a question.

 

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Heartbeat Instruments: Attention

Materials: instruments, colored hearts taped on instruments

Goals: Attention, color-matching, cognition

  1. MT passes out instruments to each client, with different colored hearts attached to each. 
  2. MT prompts group to listen for their heart color for their chance to play/have a solo
  3. MT sings song to the tune of “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain”

If you have a RED heart play your instrument

If you have a RED heart play your instrument

If you have a RED heart x2

If you have a RED heart play your instrument

  1. MT sings this song until all colors have been done
  2. Adaptations: Provide opportunity for clients to make a choice for what color is chosen next (visual for non-verbal clients)

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I have also used the song “Side By Side” to work on lower body movement (PSE), because this song is great for prompting side steps! For upper body, a great song to use is “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” because it is in ¾ time signature, making it great for smooth fluid movements! Below are some other song ideas to use for Valentine’s day.

Song ideas for Valentine’s Day:

  • Can’t Help Falling in Love With You: Elvis Presley 
  • You’ve Got a Friend in Me: Toy Story
  • With a Little Help From My Friends: The Beatles
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight: The Lion King
  • All You need is love: The Beatles 
  • All I Have to Do is Dream: Everly Brothers
  • My Funny Valentine: Babes in Arms
  • Bicycle Built for Two (Daisy Bell)
  • Love Me Tender: Elvis Presley
  • Side by Side: Patsy Cline
  • You are My Sunshine (Valentine)

I hope those ideas give you some inspiration! 

-Audrey Cosgrove, MTI

 

Finding your Strengths

As a requirement before starting my internship at The Music Therapy Center of California, I was required to take the “Clifton Strengths Finder” test. At the time, I didn’t realize how beneficial and insightful this test would be for me. I have always been a fan of any sort of personality test, but this one gave me a new kind of understanding about how I work best and what I am good at. Clifton Strengths Finder is an online test you can take that gives you your top 5 strengths out of a list of 34 options. Your results are personalized, and it gives you lots of information on each strength. My strengths are: Discipline, Empathy, Achiever, Communication, and Woo. 

After starting my internship, I have found that understanding my strengths and how I work has been more useful than ever. First, both discipline, achiever, and communication have been very helpful for my internship, as they all provide me with the drive to get things done in an orderly manner and efficiently in some way. I am driven by accomplishing tasks, getting things done by (and often earlier than) due dates, and checking off my to-do list. In terms of internship, this has been extremely helpful as I am able to stay focused on my tasks and get things done quickly.  

Next, Empathy has been very prevalent as I am working with all sorts of different people. It is so valuable to have empathy as I work with my clients, because it helps me to understand how they may be feeling and what they need. I feel as if I got more than my allotted amount of empathy. I feel deeply for people and want to help them in whatever way I can. Looks like I went into the right career! This has also helped me to see how I can work well in a team, as I want to be supportive and caring towards others I am around.

Lastly, my strength of Woo has been very helpful for me to understand during this time in my life. During internship, you are meeting so many people, that for some it could be overwhelming and exhausting. For me, I LOVE meeting new people and finding ways to connect with and understand them. I am not intimidated by strangers, and I love striking up a conversation with those around me. I have noticed during my internship that I have felt a strong desire to get to know everyone around me very well, and to understand who they truly are. I love knowing more about people than just the surface level, and my tendency is to desire that they would want to know me too! 

After researching my strengths more and understanding what they mean in my personal life, I have also come to realize that almost all strengths can have a negative and a downside, that you must be aware of. For me, I realized that with discipline, communication, and achiever, I can become so addicted to working and getting things done, that I have a hard time slowing down and resting. I even sometimes work during my lunch break, because I love shrinking my to-do list and feeling like I got something worthwhile done with my time. For empathy, I realize that sometimes I can feel for people so much that it can overtake me, or cause me to lose focus on what I am doing. My feelings can get in the way of my ability to work or accomplish a goal. I need to stay centered and not let my empathy become out of balance. Empathy is a two edged sword. Lastly, being a woo, I can sometimes be so focused on winning someone over, that it can become unhealthy. It has been helpful for me to see that as long as I understand my strengths and how they could become negative, I am able to keep things in balance and remain healthy and positive. 

Understanding yourself and your strengths and your weaknesses can be an extremely enlightening thing. I have found that this is especially prevalent during internship. This is an intense and changing time in my life, and this has magnified my strengths in a new way. It has been a really important time of self-discovery for me so far, and has helped me to understand how I work best on my own as well as on a team. 

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I would highly suggest looking into your strengths if you haven’t already! 

https://www.gallup.com/cliftonstrengths/en/254033/strengthsfinder.aspx

See you next time!

-Audrey Cosgrove, MTI

Guitars in the Classroom AMASE Conference: Meeting Clients’ Sensory Needs:

Near the beginning of my (Audrey) internship I had the opportunity to go to the Guitars in the Classroom AMASE conference, with Julie Guy, who presented on using Music Strategies for Sensory Integration in the Classroom. This was such a great experience for me, as I got to get out into the community during my first week of internship, connect with others, network, and help present on music therapy, all while learning more skills to use in my own music therapy sessions! 

The challenge of presenting at this event, was that there was such a wide range of skills, settings, and challenges for the attendees with their students. When asked what challenges these teachers experienced in their classroom or facility they worked at, there was a huge list of behaviors such as biting, distracting noises, hiding under tables and desks, running or jumping, rocking, or scratching. Despite the wide variety of people attending this session at the conference, there was an overwhelming amount of difficulties related to sensory seeking behaviors. Almost all of the behaviors that these individuals noted were related to this. I got to hear all sorts of suggestions and ideas for how to handle these behaviors, and I thought it would be helpful to compile them all in one place!

The first thing to understand is that many of these behaviors that come across as aggressive, mean, defiant, or chaotic may directly relate to a sensory processing disorder. These individuals may not be intentionally disruptive, they may just be trying to get the input they need. Clients may be over or under stimulated, and need something to help calm them down or alert them. Below I have listed many different ways to help clients to receive the sensory input that they need.

First, clients who bite or frequently put objects into their mouths, may benefit from using a chew tubes (often called “chews” or “chewies”) which are usually small rubber items. Chewies can be chewed or sucked on when need sensory input to the jaw. Some styles can be put on a necklace so they are always accessible for a client to help calm them down and provide tactile sensory stimulation.

Next, vibrating pillows. I have seen these used in a session before when a client was exhibiting aggressive behaviors, such as throwing things and hitting the floor and wall. The therapist brought the pillow to him and pushed it against his feet as he was laying on the floor, and this immediately helped the client to calm down. These pillows vibrate when pressure is put on them, so a client can squeeze them, sit on them, put in their lap, lean on them, or any other positioning to create the vibration effect. 

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Using instruments that may be calming to a client, or provide sensory stimulation that they may be seeking is a great tool. Examples of sensory instruments include tactile egg shakers, which have bumps on them which provides tactile stimulation and the sound of the shakers can provide auditory input. 

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Cabasas are also great source of tactile and auditory input. The cabasa can be rolled along a client’s hands, arms, legs, back, as it may provide a calming sensation for them. 

An ocean drum provides auditory stimulation, as the balls roll around inside the drum, providing a louder sound for clients who may be seeking that. Clients also may enjoy the way that the balls look (visual input) when they roll around in the drum. 

Other items or ideas that may help clients to receive sensory input and stimulation:

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  • Ice cubes or ice packs 
  • A bag filled with sand or rice (can be put on clients lap, or clients can push/pull/lift it)
  • Squeezes along client’s hands, arms, or legs
  • Squeeze balls
  • Bear hugs
  • Yoga balls

There are so many more ideas out there for sensory stimulation for clients who may be seeking this! Do you have any other techniques or tips? Let me know in the comments!!

Click here to access presentation handouts for more information.

See you next time!

Audrey 

PS The Out-of-Sync Child is a great resource to learn more about sensory regulation!

Thanksgiving Themed Session Plan Inspiration!

One of my new favorite ways to plan music therapy sessions is by centering it around a theme. This is especially fun when it relates to a holiday! I have had a ton of fun looking up and adapting music therapy Thanksgiving ideas, and I wanted to share a couple of them with all of you!

One visual that I found for Thanksgiving is this turkey with feathers visual! I love this one because it can be adapted to fit a huge range of interventions! Here is a photo of the visual. I found it on “Speech Therapy Fun”, which is a website where you can sign up to receive free freebies! Here is the link to the website: https://www.speechtherapyfun.com/

 I adapted this to fit the many needs of my music therapy clients. Here are some ideas for how you could use this visual, or how you could create your own to fit your needs!

  • Session Order: Use the visual to order your session plans, while giving clients choice and control over what happens next. To do this, have each feather color corresponds to a specific music therapy intervention that you want to do during the session. By the end of the session, optimally, each client in a group setting would get the opportunity to pick a feather, which is then added to the turkey. For example, the red feather could correspond to a drumming intervention, brown to a sing-a-long, etc. 
  • Working on Colors: There are SO many ideas and examples for how you could work on colors using the turkey and feathers. For example, you could have the client work on naming the colors by singing a song prompting the client to find a specific color and add it to the turkey: 

“Can you find the Red feather, red feather, red feather

Can you find the red feather and put it on the turkey!”

I made up my own tune for this-anything you come up with will work! This is a simple activity, that also requires the client to work on their attention while waiting to hear the next color! This could be adapted to fit a wide range of clients’ needs and goals. 

  • Color Bells: One way to work on cognitive skills such as focus and fjdlsfattention, as well as making choices, learning colors, or an array of other skills could be to use the feathers to write a song with desk bells. The client or therapist would arrange the feathers (Velcro feathers on) to the turkey, and then the client would play through the song as the colors are arranged from left to right. The client could then rearrange the feathers to be any combination, making this a great intervention with endless possibilities! 

Link to desk bells 

  • Working on Social Skills & Asking Questions: For this activity, you could have a corresponding Thanksgiving (or whatever you wanted!) themed question. The client could choose one feather, and then would get the chance to ask or be asked the question. This gives the client a great opportunity to work on asking questions, using follow up questions, and practicing how to engage with those around them, especially during Thanksgiving time! 

Example Thanksgiving Questions: 

What are your favorite Thanksgiving Foods? 

Does your family eat pie on Thanksgiving? What kind?

What are you thankful for this year? 

Lastly, There are some great songs to use for Thanksgiving time. They may be about Thanksgiving itself, the fall season, or songs that center around themes of thankfulness! Here is a list of a couple songs I plan to use in my sessions:

    • What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong (Idea: Songwriting activity about things to be thankful for)
    • Thanksgiving Song by Mary Chapin Carpenter
    • Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider by Bing Crosby
    • Autumn Leaves 
    • Albuquerque Turkey (to the tune of “Darling Clementine”)
    • Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep Irving Berlin Winter Wonderland
    • Over the River and Through the Woods

I hope this post gives you some inspiration for your own Thanksgiving session plans!

-Audrey

 

You ARE Capable!: Starting your Music Therapy Internship

Hey, everyone! My name is Audrey and I am just finishing up week two of my internship at The Music Therapy Center of California! I wanted to give you all a couple tips on how to survive your first couple weeks of internship, and some encouragement for the journey are about to embark on! 

First, you will experience a whole new level of exhaustion. Now, I know what you’re thinking- How could anything be as exhausting as studying music therapy: taking upwards to 21 credits, ensembles, rehearsals, practicum sites, tests, homework, attempting a personal life, and time for yourself?! While those things are exhausting, starting your internship is a whole new ballgame! Unlike in school, you have to be “on” all day. When interacting with supervisors, clients, parents, other therapists, and anyone else you come across, you always have to put forth your best self and always be professional! After my first day of internship, I came home and fell asleep within 30 minutes-I even forgot to eat (oops. Don’t do that. Self-care, folks!). Taking every opportunity you can to rest in a way that works for you will give you energy for the next day.

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Because of how exhausted you will become, rest is more important than ever during internship. You have to learn what works best for YOU. I am an extrovert, so I found that I personally don’t need a lot of time in my evenings or weekends by myself or doing things such as watching TV, reading, or laying in bed. I have found that I am best filled up and energized by spending time with people I enjoy and being active! This has been a challenge moving to a place where I know nobody, and living alone, but I have found ways to stay connected with people who are important to me! Find what you need-whether that be spending your time alone, exercising, hanging out with friends, napping (always a yes), journaling, or whatever works for you! Give yourself time to figure out what fills you up, so you can pour out on others!

Second, TAKE NOTES. Your first couple of weeks is a whirlwind, and you can’t possibly remember everything that you have to do or everything you have seen. I observed so many therapists my first two weeks, I had to make notes at the end of the day about things I admired in the other therapists’ work, things to remember, and ideas that came to mind throughout the day. I created a notebook with sections about my internship to help me retain all of the info, which will be a great tool to have when I am done!

Third, attitude is everything. I’ve only barely started and this has already become a huge lesson for me. Yes, things will be hard. Yes, you will be working a lot and likely unpaid. Yes, things won’t always go as planned. Despite all of this, you still have control over your own attitude and the way you react. I have already made mistakes throughout internship, but that is how you learn! Internship is likely one of the last times you will ever get this close of supervision and feedback, so soak up as much as possible! Choosing to take this time as a huge learning experience, instead of just a box to check off will make a huge difference. You will get out of it what you put in. Plus, you chose this internship. Remember when you applied and couldn’t wait to hear back? Keep it all in perspective! 

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Lastly, internship is a huge time of self-discovery and learning about yourself. Soon before coming to my internship, I learned about the Enneagram. For those of you that haven’t heard of it, the Enneagram is essentially a personality test that puts you into one of nine personality types. When I found out I was a six, the loyalist, I was surprised by how accurate it was. Through my Enneagram number, I have realized that I am someone who doubts myself a lot. I know I am talented and a hard worker, but I often jump to worse case scenarios and worry that I am not good enough.I have to remind myself that I was chosen for this internship, and I am 100% capable as long as I am willing to learn. One of my favorite artists, Sleeping At Last, wrote a song for each enneagram type, and the song he wrote about my Enneagram type (Atlas: Six) has resonated so deeply with me, particularly for this time in my life at internship. I am far from family, friends, living in a completely new place, being pushed to new levels in my career, and trying to find my way. One of my favorite lyrics in his song says “Maybe I’m stronger than I realize.”

Maybe YOU are stronger than you realize. Internship will be hard and there will be things that you don’t know if you can handle, but it is all a part of the process, as long as you are willing to let it change and grow you. You got this!!

For anyone who wants to learn about their Enneagram type! I highly suggest it: https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/

See you in the next post!

Audrey