Marymount B.L.O.G.S


January 31, 2015 | Uncategorized  |  Leave a Comment

To counteract the stress that is this semester, I have found that meditation and group fitness is more than beneficial. It is essential. I like many of you, work full time, have a second job, study, and occasionally see friends. It is hard to have time to exercise or even take everything in.

Whether it be yoga, hiking, running or dancing to music in your car. It is important to have time to channel stress and just be ! My roommate, also a teacher, recently found a Groupon for hot yoga in Ballston, which is a steal, because yoga prices in the Metro area are exorbitant! Also, Marymount has a variety of FREE  exercise classes. Yoga is offered on Mondays at 5 and Fridays at 4. I have time to head over right after work and before class. Also side note, working out with friend or a group at a certain time each week makes you accountable. You have to be there and supportive of one another. While we all have different goals and obstacles there is a certain pride in working out that stress through deep breathing and teamwork.  It is easy to feel overwhelmed but respite from the go go go can make all the difference. I cant wait til its warm and I can lay in a hammock.


Hello All!

I thought I would share my first experience of being recorded for a class. The assignment was the do a first counseling session with a fellow classmate. I panicked the first day the professor told us about this assignment, and to make things worse she said we would be recorded three times throughout the semester. On Wednesday my partner and I went to the counseling labs to record each of us playing the role of a counselor. I have never done something formal like this, so I was worried I was not going to know what to do.

This experience turned out to be a lot better than I had anticipated. I felt very relaxed during the recording. I thought my voice was going to be shaky, and I was not going to know what to say. To my surprise the 15 minutes flew by, and I felt confident. Last night I finally brought myself to watch the recording. Although I only made it through half of the recording, I think I did a very good job for my first recording. I feel a little more confident and comfortable for the other two recordings I have to do this semester.

Have a great weekend everyone!
xoxo Jessica

Nothing much

January 30, 2015 | Uncategorized  |  Leave a Comment

I do not really have much to say. Nothing major has happened yet. Hope everyone’s semester is going well. I am trying something new to where I do not have to stress myself out as much as I do. I started to get papers and assignments done way before they are due. I just do not want to be stressed out when the time comes you know. I hope I can keep up with this because I am on a good path and I already have 3 papers done that is not due until another two weeks.


Down side to getting all that work done I have not had much time to do stuff for myself. I have not been in the gym lately. I have not been able to play my video games or just watch television. I do not want to burn out too early into the semester. I need to make sure I do for myself as well.

That is all for now. See you next month!



Even though I tell myself at the beginning of every semester, “Okay Olivia… be prepared to be stressed out, but don’t let that be your first reaction to every situation..” Well I guess it’s easier said than done! But fear not, I’m not as stressed out as I would be if I were just first starting the FLP program. (FLP stands for Forensic and Legal Psychology by the way).

Although my classes aren’t too difficult this semester, there is still that looming voice in my head that’s telling me and asking me if I’m doing enough? Did I read enough for class? Should I be participating more? (now I’m making myself sound super crazy). Besides class is my internship. Which is not super stressful, thankfully, it just keeps me super busy since for the FLP program we have to complete 270 on site internship hours and 30 in class hours for the semester. Next to that internship, I have two or three little side jobs I have that I do to make some extra money and some extra experience. Marymount has some great opportunities to get jobs.. whether you want to commit for a couple hours a week or to a whole semester. I highly recommend doing that! But, that’s what’s keeping me also busy and bringing in some extra crash. And on top of all that, the idea of still searching for job. That’s what’s still been on my mind.

Thankfully, I’ve had some great friends that are helping me stay on the lookout for different job postings. Still, sometimes, it’s super daunting and intimidating. At least a couple of my friends have finally found jobs that are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. On one hand, yes, I’m jealous. But on the other hand, of course I’m super happy for them because they deserved it. I just hope my time comes too.

Anyways, let me get off that soapbox for a moment. Two things I would like to share with you:

1- In class on Monday (when there was supposed to be a huge blizzard here in DC too? yeah, not that much snow as expected, we still had class! lol) we had a Fairfax County Officer come and speak in class. This class is called Police Psychology and he walked us through the psychology behind a traffic stop. Now of course at first (I really did kind of sigh, and I was like okay great, this’ll be a bit boring or dry) but actually we learned a lot more behind why officers do what they do, how they do it, and what their main goal is. I know there has been a lot of controversial debate about events that are happening in the news with shootings and officers and racial profiling and you name it, but these officers OPT and CHOOSE to risk their lives every single day to make our communities safer. Again, there are many different schools of thought on this, but after that class I really learned more about what goes on in the back of an officer’s mind during any situation they encounter. In conclusion with this, thank an officer for what they do. They are human beings just like us.. they have families.. they respond to crimes, no matter how big or small, how violent or silly, they do protect us, they do care about us, and they do what they do for several reasons. It just made me appreciate a bit more, what officers do.

2- SOOOOO I started watching another show on HBO (thanks to a super close friend). If you’re interested in history and history specifically about the Gulf War, and the Middle East and how a dictator rose to power.. House of Saddam is SUPER interesting! Now I will warn you, it is graphic (that’s one thing) and it is a “docu-drama”. This totally confused the heck out of me at first because I was like wait… did this happen in real life or is this part hollywood-ized for entertainment? Now I need to do my research behind this movie, but I really enjoyed watching it that I literally watched 4 episodes. They were each an HOUR long.

All right, well those are the two things I wanted to share to you today. Now back to reality, back to doing homework, and chores, and staying warm. OH YEAH.. it’s still super cold.

Stay warm, study hard, eat a lot of food, hibernate when you can, and keep reading the MU B.L.O.G.S.! Catch you on the flipside!

I’ll admit that the first time I heard the title “Lean In” I thought Sheryl Sandberg was talking about women leaning in to your Facebook photos. Initial response, “Gross”. I was later enlightened and pleased to know that she was actually discussing women in leadership. This topic made me feel a lot better :). It took almost a year after the book was published for me to snag a copy in my local library but alas I was triumphant. Several trips to the pool later and I was finished. I didn’t read the entire book but I feel that I was able to grasp everything based on what I read (there were only 2 chapters left). The book resonated with me and mirrored conversations I’d had with other women. We’d been taught that working hard and being good at what we do would get us the promotion if we just waited for it. Be patient and it will come to you on a silver platter. But how long do you wait for the platter to appear? And are male counterparts doing the same? It’s evident by the overwhelming percentage of male CEO’s that the answer is NO.

Let me be clear. It is not my intent to say that this describes all women or all men. I’m merely stating that there are few women who are as aggressive about their careers as men. After reading this book and realizing that I had my work cut out for me, I sought more books about the topic. I figured, clearly there are some women who have figured out how to make this work. This led me to “The Stiletto Network”. My love of shoes may have drawn me to the title but the information in the book was just as satisfying. This book told the story of women who had come together, met regularly, and shared ideas. The topics were vast but most centered on business and or politics. The power of putting a few women in a room and imagine the endless possibilities. The women helped each other by making connections and providing advice. All while continuously climbing corporate ladders.

What is needed to increase the women’s presence in the top executive levels? I don’t know. The answer, however, can be in the power of our collective voices or in the messages we send our young girls. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic.


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