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Sarah Burnett-Wolle, Ph.D.
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Where are you doing your internship?

"My internship is at The Komansky Center for Children's Health at Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York Presbyterian."

                                                        Tara Cook '07 (Specialist)
 

"I am doing my internship at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital in New Haven, CT."

                                                     Jackie Sessa '07 (Specialist)

"I am currently doing my internship at Upstate/University Hospital in Syracuse, NY."

                                                     Laura Bulger '07 (Specialist)

"I am currently on internship at Westmoreland High school working in a special education classroom. The students I work with are dealing with many emotional, psychological and cognitive disorders."
                                            
Lauren Barone '07 (Child Studies)

"I'm completing my internship at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center, spending most of my time in inpatient pediatrics. I specifically follow hematology/oncology patients who are admitted. I'm also spending time in Radiology, outpatient clinics, Pediatric Intensive Care, Neonatal Intensive Care, and the Emergency Department."

                                                  Elise Andresen '07 (Specialist)

"I am doing my internship at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center."

                                                Jennifer Artavia '07 (Specialist)
 

Why did you decide to become involved in the major of child life?

"I have always been passionate about working with children and their families and being of service to others, especially in their time of need, is of great importance to me. I decided to become involved in the major of Child Life because it allows me the privilege of doing both."

                                                         Tara Cook '07 (Specialist)
 

"The day of freshmen orientation a friend of mine was in the development track and told me about both development and specialist. After attending a meeting about the major I fell in love with the specialist track and knew I had to do it. "

                                                      Jackie Sessa '07 (Specialist)

"My friend died in high school. Sue Cooper helped my friend's mother through the horrible situation and she (my friend's mother)told me about what a child life specialist does. I knew I wanted to work with children but did not know doing what and this definitely helped my decision and I absolutely love it!! I am glad that I finally found what I have been wanting to do!"

                                                      Laura Bulger '07 (Specialist)

"I chose Psychology- child life as a major because I wanted a dynamic, interesting and relevant major that would aid in my future endeavors to work with children. The beauty of the psychology-child life major is that is allows the student to take a variety of classes specific to child life. In addition to learning about child development you are also able to apply what you have learned to actually make a difference in the lives that cross your path. After completing this major you become equipped with necessary tools to become successful in the helping profession."

                                             Lauren Barone '07 (Child Studies)

"I became involved in Child Life after I had a Child Life Specialist during a hospitalization as an adolescent. I saw firsthand the importance Child Life makes in children and families under stress. Preparing and empowering children and families in medical situations enables them to cope effectively and master the situation."

                                                  Elise Andresen '07 (Specialist)

"I have always wanted to work in the hospital environment doing something positive for those who are seriously ill or injured."

                                                Jennifer Artavia '07 (Specialist)

 

How has your internship experience, thus far, helped you in the field of child life?

"My internship experience at Komansky is allowing me the opportunity to take risks, make mistakes, and learn through trial and error. Each day I see and learn something new. Being on internsip is like watching theory "come to life." It all starts to make sense...I become more confident with each passing day."

                                                      Tara Cook '07 (Specialist)
 

"This experience has changed my life and it is really great to see all the theory we learn about actually being implemented. It is a whole new ball game when you're actually in the hospital doing things you've only read about for four years. Even my practicum could not compare. This is an amazing hospital. I learn something new every day, and it is great to see how different every child life specialist here is."

                                                  Jackie Sessa '07 (Specialist)

"It definitely has!! I learned the foundation at UC but now I am seeing how theory is applied to what we do as child life specialists. I love it!!"

                                                   Laura Bulger '07 (Specialist)

"My internship is going well because of the incredible knowledge I have attained through the major psychology-child life, the professors, and the school that works to build greatness in individuals."

                                           Lauren Barone '07 (Child Studies)

"My internship experience has brought all the theory to life--seeing and applying all I learned in classes provides the best foundation for a successful career in Child Life. The faculty, coursework, and fieldwork experiences I had at UC prepared me thoroughly for my internship and work in Child Life. I definitely feel my education at UC has given me an advantage going into this field. My supervisor has also commented how much better prepared academically UC students are as opposed to students from other colleges and programs."

                                                 Elise Andresen '07 (Specialist)

"My internship so far has been amazing. Everything that I have learned is being put to practice on the field. This internship is teaching me to adapt to a constantly changing environment and how to approach each patient and their families in a respectful and understanding way."

                                               Jennifer Artavia '07 (Specialist)