This internship has definitely helped me understand more about the goals I have in my career. I’ve been mentally tossing around the pros and cons of clinical versus counseling psychology throughout the year. Clinical psychology is much more focused on research and the science behind psych, while counseling psychology is centered on the practice of counseling and the application of psychological knowledge. But, after this internship, I feel very sound in my decision in pursuing a specialization in counseling.
I’ve been writing a systematic review for the past two months, and I’ve learned so much. I’m thankful for this opportunity to publish a paper at the age of 19, and to learn the process of writing such a work-intensive paper. But, by no means has it been exactly fun. Sitting down at my computer for 6 hours, 5 days a week, for the past 7 weeks is not my idea of fun. And certainly, work doesn’t necessarily need to be fun, but it’s helped solidify my concentration within the realm of psychology. I do not want to do research in the future, I want to practice as a counselor. I’ve always learned best by doing, by making mistakes and working through them, and this internship is a great example of that. Only by doing have I realized that it’s not something I’d like to keep doing. And I’m thankful that I’ve caught that early, that I can now focus all of my attention on a solidified and confident goal.