The past two years have been EVERYTHING! From exciting to exhausting! A lot of hard work was done in the past two years. In general, the two most important things I learned were discovering who I was as a person and how I could use my personal attributes to contribute to a person in emotional need. Well, not to mention all the hard work put into a 2 hour presentation, presenting on a 40 page modality paper along side a 20 page case paper.
My Final Case Presentation took place on April 8th. A date I will never forget. I remember getting stomach pains a week prior to the date. It was awful! I’m not afraid of public speaking, I really like it! There was just so much weight riding on this presentation, I wanted to puke. April 8th was a total haze to me. I can’t recall what I ate prior to the presentation or how I even managed to get my clothes on. The presentation was totally an “out of body” experience. I was really enjoying it! But it seemed to go on for hours! Finally, my committee thanked me and asked me to read a vignette and give an impromptu presentation on a treatment plan. My stomach was in knots! I wanted to run out the door, but I knew my 4 inch heels would only take me so far. I presented. They asked me to leave the room to discuss the results. Darren stood outside the conference room for moral support. He held my hand as 5 mins seems like 5 hours. Dr. Swim, the chair of the committee, opened the door with the biggest smile on her face and said, “YOU PASSED”! I felt like crying, I was too macho so I held it in. There were fireworks going on in my head as my panel proceeded to congratulate me, or maybe that was the light-headedness from the lack of food. I walked away not only feeling relief, but knowing that this was the beginning of an exciting and rewarding career. I felt a sort of energy coming out of that room. I was physically exhausted but so motivated and energized to move forward, not only as a therapist, but as a person.
This photo was take seconds after my panel members passed my Final Case Presentation. This, my friends, is the face of RELIEF!
My 5 seconds of fame. (Photo below)
Couldn’t have done it without my wonderful and supportive family. (Photo below)
Time to CELEBRATE! Here are some photos of our party details (Photos below)
Ignore the “it’s a boy” sign. Inside joke. >.< (Photo below)
Okay, seriously the best cake I’ve ever had! I’m not a cake lover at all! In fact, I usually don’t eat cake at parties, but this is so nummmmy!
Raspberry Victorian from Michelle’s Bakery in Redlands, CA (Is it just me or did the cake make for a natural light reflector?? LOL!)
Photoboo came out to play! Here are a few of my favorites!
There it is! I am officially an alumist of Loma Linda University and proud of it!!
Hi, I’m Yvette, Bachelors of Art in Psychology, Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy.
Yvette Vargas, BA, MS
Just call me BAMS for short