Setting Reasonable Expectations When Starting Capstone

When you reach the capstone phase of your program, I hope you pause and celebrate – take the time to congratulate yourself on becoming “All but Dissertation.” Then, refocus and begin the important work of creating a plan for completing your capstone, recognizing that this phase of a doctoral program can feel overwhelming and exciting, … Continue reading Setting Reasonable Expectations When Starting Capstone

Quieting the Skeptic: Overcoming Doubt with a Growth Mindset

Through my work at Walden, I’ve had the great pleasure of getting to know a number of first-term students. Though Walden students are a diverse bunch—hailing from all walks of life and spanning many generations and cultural backgrounds—they often share a common sentiment: as they embark on this new chapter, they are excited to take … Continue reading Quieting the Skeptic: Overcoming Doubt with a Growth Mindset

My Experience with the Blended Academic Year in Residence (BAYR)

If you are in the Clinical Psychology program here at Walden, this blog is for you! Those of us in this program have a unique additional degree requirement, called BAYR, which I found quite surprising when I first looked into the program.  I remember wondering, “What the heck is BAYR?” BAYR (often referred to as … Continue reading My Experience with the Blended Academic Year in Residence (BAYR)

Allowing our Motivations to Evolve

If you’ve taken a class at Walden, you have been asked to introduce yourself in the Class Café. We do this in every course, and it’s an excellent way to share a little of ourselves and learn a bit about instructors and classmates. Generally speaking, we are asked to share our names, majors, sometimes the … Continue reading Allowing our Motivations to Evolve

Continuing Your Journey: Adjusting to Graduate-Level Expectations

If you recently transitioned or are thinking of transitioning into a Master’s program at Walden, you’re not alone. In fact, with the help of Walden’s AIM program, three members of the peer mentoring team recently completed their undergraduate coursework and chose Walden for their Master’s degrees. Now that they each have a few graduate courses … Continue reading Continuing Your Journey: Adjusting to Graduate-Level Expectations