Emerging Scholars: Concluding the Year

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Andrew ChoiIt seems so recent that I was writing my first post on here at the start of the program. A lot’s happened in the past six months but I’m happy to say that the project has been successfully completed!

We were able to create a tangible presentation that can be used as a workshop tool for clinicians and (para)professionals in the now and future, and the manuscripts are coming along.

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Emerging Scholars: Crunch Time

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Andrew ChoiIt is a month out and I have more progress to report: After getting through the large chunk of disease risk behaviors research, I’ve been able to get into issues regarding youth, identity development, and identity negotation issues, in addition to a smaller literature on use of drugs/alcohol.

The remaining sections include mental health (e.g., psychological distress) and narrative/literary works on experiences of intersectionality and oppression.

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Emerging Scholars: Crunch time…but over one hurdle (let’s be resilient)

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Andrew ChoiIt’s already 4/8, and we are two months out of our deadline. I will be honest and say that I’m a bit panicky with progress (or being slow with it!). I’m still behind with how many articles I wanted to get through, and I’ve been finding that trying to get through big chunks at intermittent intervals works MUCH LESS well than reading a couple more regularly. So the latter is what I’ve been trying to do…With 1/3 of the articles done, the remaining two months are already scheduled with getting through additional 1/3s each. Wish me luck!

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Emerging Scholars: Process and progress…it’s already March!

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Andrew ChoiTime flies! It only seems yesterday that the other Emerging Scholars, the program administrators, and I were in DC “geeking out” about psychology as one of us put it. I am happy to report on both the process and progress of how things are shaping up.

I actually had some setbacks with the project, which has allowed me to think about resilience in a new light. I’ve been overwhelmed with the flood of coursework, clinical hours, and lab research that took me away from the Active Minds project for some time. It’s been difficult to meet some of the deadlines I set for myself, but even more difficult to be compassionate towards my efforts across these moments. In speaking to some colleagues and others, the general consensus I’ve detected is that resilience is grounded in hope, and hope is grounded in the appreciation for the “bigger picture.” As such, I’m working my way through 150+ articles to get back on schedule, and so far the findings have been rewarding as they’ve incited new questions. The articles were drawn from an interdisciplinary pool of databases (e.g., psychology, critical studies, sociology, etc.) to address both internal and contextual experiences as they relate to this population.

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