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Semester Overload

by Kim Alexander, M.S.

You ever have so much on your plate that you become stagnant in attempting to accomplish any of it? We’re now moving into mid-October and it’s becoming apparent that there are some responsibilities regarding my dissertation proposal, tracking my clinical hours, and simply responding to emails that are falling to the waist side. This coming from the same person a few weeks ago declaring that they are soooo organized and always meets deadlines.… Read more...

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I Should Be Able To Do It All!

by Thomas Whitfield, M.A.

I can’t say “no” to an event and I never feel like I’m actually caught up with everything in my life. Part of this has to do with being a graduate student, but the truth is that if I weren’t in graduate school, it would just be something else.

To give you a broad overview of my general weekly schedule, I wake up at 6:30am and leave my apartment, then come home around 10pm.… Read more...

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Rational Friends

by Glynnis McDonnell, M.A.

Sometimes, the best way to learn to think rationally is through example, and luckily for me, I have no shortage of rational friends to learn from! A friend of mine recently shared with me a frustrating situation she encountered and her successful development of a rational belief to help her cope with the situation. I was really impressed with her ability to remain calm and rational, and, with her permission, I am going to share the story with you.… Read more...

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Look What You Made Me Do

by Stephanie Grossman, M.A.

Although her new style may be a bit controversial, I know I’m not alone in my enjoyment of Taylor Swift’s latest hit, “Look What You Made Me Do.” Though it’s no 1989, I do like the song, and I also admit I like the themes in it too—there’s blame, revenge, karma, redemption, and strength. Who doesn’t empathize with Taylor’s desire to get back at those who’ve wronged her?! However, besides dancing around in my bedroom, my initial response to this song was: No one can make you do anything, Taylor!… Read more...

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I Need Junk Food

by Tom Kelly, M.S.

There is absolutely no shortage of unhealthy food choices around me. It seems that wherever I go, there is access to chocolate, candy, or generally unhealthy food. At the Albert Ellis Institute, a giant jar of my favorite candy (Kit Kat bars) is always available. On campus, the kind staff has begun to stock pile Hershey chocolates. I found these as soon as they were left out, and have targeted them on a daily basis.… Read more...

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The Big Birthday

by Kimberly Alexander, M.S.

So last week I was approaching a big birthday milestone… I am not one to like being in the spotlight so planning a big celebration is not typical for me. But with the help of some supportive friends, I locked down a mini trip to the Caribbean with two of my friends.

As I approached the day of departure, I was surprised with how confident and calm I felt knocking out the To-do list, making sure work was taken care of, and seeing that all loose ends were tied.… Read more...

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You MUST have my paid reservation!

 by Thomas Whitfield, M.A.

“Oh, no, we actually have a paid reservation to pick the car up at 10am,” the words slide from my mouth matter-of-factly. “Yes, I understand, but we don’t have any cars, it’s going to be at least a few hours.” The car rental employee looked at me blankly. “What do you mean a few hours? We have a wedding to go to. What are we supposed to do?”

With one of my good friends getting married a few hours north of Manhattan, the logical way to get there was to rent a car.… Read more...

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Forgiving Frivolous Frustration

by Glynnis McDonnell, M.A.

Do you ever find yourself bothered by something relatively inconsequential? And then judging yourself for being bothered by something so ridiculous? I know I do. Case in point: this morning, I put a new creamer in my coffee because I couldn’t find the one I like…and it was disgusting! I tried to force myself to drink it anyway, but after a few sips I was pretty nauseated. I was then faced with the choice of whether I wanted to go without my morning coffee (something I am not ‘addicted’ to, but greatly enjoy as part of my morning routine) or take the time to leave my office and spend more money on coffee from Starbucks.… Read more...

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Bug Spray On My Dress

by Stephanie Grossman, M.A.

Last weekend was one of the best I’ve ever had. It was my first time being a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding, and I had been looking forward to this weekend for the past year. I couldn’t wait to experience my friend’s joy, eat delicious wedding cake, and reunite with the rest of our close friends from high school. But everything leading up to making this day “perfect” took a lot of work.… Read more...

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My Nephew MUST Have The Holiday Toy Of The Year!!

by Thomas Whitfield, M.A.

On a recent trip back to my home state to visit my family, my nephew proclaimed that more than anything else this holiday, he wants the new Super Nintendo Classic Edition. His want for this system struck a chord with me as I remember so vividly the joy I received from playing video games at his age and this re-release of an old system meant he would be playing the exact same games I used to.… Read more...

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