For my Educational Psychology class this past semester, we could pretty much do anything that we wanted for our final project. Our professor suggested that we use our future careers as inspiration, with the only requirements being that it had to have seven to nine sections and it had to be related back to Educational Psych.
At this stage in my life, I don’t really know what I want to do when I “grow up” so this assignment was daunting at first. I’m majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society and Cognitive Studies with no real goal at this point. I find hospitals to be fascinating places, but I don’t want to be a doctor or anything like that. I’ve recently been considering a career in Hospital Administration, so after a series of emails with my professor I decided that for my project, I would focus on the aesthetics and physical aspects of a children’s hospital and how they can impact the hospital experiences of patients and their families. My professor was so helpful when I asked her for help coming up with a project, and she even read sections of our projects as we worked on them and offered feedback for us.
Most of two days was spent finishing up this project, and I learned so much about children’s hospitals it’s ridiculous. A lot of my procrastinating when it came to this project happened because I would be looking up information for my project and get distracted by random facts about children’s hospitals–did you know that at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, kids can watch a movie with special goggles while they get an MRI? So cooooool. This project was such a great way for me to explore a possible career, and even though the class was geared more toward future teachers and how they can motivate students to achieve, I found it to be really helpful with motivating myself and understanding how I can make my own studying more effective.