A future rises

by prototypemmeh

Man, sounds like a bad short story title.  Speaking of those, I haven’t written much in a while.  I “blame” Sumo and Benevolance for NaNo – or the lack thereof.

My first semester of post secondary is nearly at a close, one last exam by the time this is posted.  I completed Conditioning for Sports and Physical Activity, Exercise and Sport Psychology, and soon to be Biomechanics (the final final of this semester).

I found myself extremely interested in the sport psychology class, and everything that went on in it.  My professor – Dr. Trevor Hale – was well-spoken and worked well at getting his students to offer answers and examples.  He related many examples of his own history among sports or teams, and tweaked questions to relate to our own unique sports experience.

We did a series of journals chronicling what we had learned and how it pertains to our own lives and sporting history, beginning our APA-6 style referencing.  My first journal was average, it was odd to get into first-person POV writing, and writing about our motivations and such.  The second journal was far superior because I was more comfortable writing about myself and the psychology behind my strengths and weaknesses.  I did much better on my APA references as well.  Our final exam was a take-home, and the last step in the trilogy of journals.  It wanted us to detail our weaknesses and map out a plan to fix it.

The class was a great learning experience and a lot of fun, and I found that entering the Sport Psychology profession could be a very viable future for me.  So I sat down with my professor on the last day of classes to find out what a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology would require and get a more personal view on things.

One of the biggest things I took away from that meeting: Canada doesn’t offer a lot in terms of a graduate degree, the more viable options Europe, Australia, and the United States.  He recommends Australia in particular, since they have a multitude of teams and sports that would look for a sport psychologist.  Of course, that hasn’t stopped me from searching places in Canada, and I might head over to UBC or SFU to see what kind of grad program they offer.

I have an upcoming semester that I’ve already registered and paid for, so immediate priorities first.  And then we’ll see what the future holds for a grad program.

–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?

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