It’s Already December?!

Hello again, everybody! I’m not sure if you share the same sentiments as I do but I cannot believe December is already here! It feels like just yesterday I was nervously gathering together my supplies, memorizing my daily schedule and preparing for my first week of graduate school. We truly hit the ground running this semester between our tough classes, challenging clinical experiences and, for many, independent studies. This semester provided many new experiences and opportunities for me; I’ll always be thankful for that. Seeing Chicago was a blessing; finally getting to apply my undergraduate knowledge to real clients has been a rewarding-yet-challenging experience. And now, after months of hard work, we are all getting a much deserved break for the holidays and new year.

Today was our last CoRP meeting the the Fall 2013 semester. Despite the terrible, rainy weather, we had a great turnout for the final meeting. Our meeting began with a presentation from Katie Ward about her study on discourse in Appalachia. Throughout the semester, Katie has been gathering discourse samples from 5 adults and analyzing those samples for a variety of information. As the study continues, Katie has tweaked the criteria and will include a group of 20-29 year-old adults to compare to her original sample. There are many factors between the two groups that can be compared so it will be interesting to see what Katie is able to find!

Following Katie’s presentation, Natasha Scott gave the group an update on her study of discourse between 2nd and 3rd grade teachers and their students. After working diligently to design her study and find potential participants, Natasha is ready to begin observing the classes and conducting interviews with the teachers. In fact, she went to her first school this afternoon after our CoRP meeting! The group helped Natasha prepare by listening to her practice explaining the study and informed consent procedures and providing feedback and suggestions.

So that’s all I have for you all today. I’ve received a lot of encouragement and positive comments about the blogs this semester – I just want to say that I appreciate that but, more importantly, I am so glad to hear that you all are enjoying these little blogs. Thank you all for reading and pursuing an active interest in our CoRP group, meetings and projects. I look forward to seeing you all again in January. Have a great, relaxing holiday season with your family and loved ones!