But how can one possibly find the energy to wake up and be ready to tackle the endless list of To-Do’s?
In my work as a budding Community Psychologist, I find energy and motivation in just that: Community Psychology. While the demands of a graduate program become overwhelming, I often long for those community experiences with various partners, practitioners, leaders, and youth that I work alongside. These are the individuals that live and work within the community that I aim to support, evaluate, partner with, and learn from to support youth. I yearn for the powerful moments when a community partner considers the work I do as an “asset” to them. I find energy to keep moving forward in my career when I experience first-hand a program I help to evaluate transform youth and motivate them to be change agents. I find motivation to get up in the morning when I remember an instance when a community partner reminded me of what a great job I did in our work together. I find that these experiences are invaluable to remembering why I do the challenging and exhausting work that I do every day. These experiences help to ground me in the work I am doing and give me that extra push when I need it most.
This is why I am a Community Psychologist.
This is why I am here.
And this is how I tackle the endless list of To-Do’s.