Thinking About 'Brain Rejuvenation'
T-minus one month until my placement at the VA begins. In the meantime, I picked up the Clinical Handbook of Audiology (6th
Edition) for supplementary learning and review. You don't realize how much information you have been over in the span of two years until you read back over some of it. I've also come across a few new concepts. (Inertial bone conduction?) I try to knock out a chapter per night. I've continued to practice with my on-campus practicum director to stay fresh and improve. I will learn much over the next eight months or so at my new placement, but I don't want to look like too much of a novice upon arrival.
Everything else seems to be going the course. My course lineup is as follows: Multicultural Competence, Cochlear Implant Device & Technology, Educational Audiology, Clinical Lab III and Clinical Practicum. I'm also keeping my dear sports close by to maintain sanity. I started a fantasy football league along with 11 friends and held the draft in person at the local Buffalo Wild Wings. Even if you are a casual football fan, I strongly recommend joining the craze, especially if your prospective league holds the draft in person. It is an outstanding social event at the very least. I've also signed on to broadcast the football games on the radio for my high school alma mater (Go Eagles!). Unfortunately due to the fast-approaching fourth-year externship, this will likely be my last year in the booth. On the bright side, anyone can tune in through http://www.y107fm.com/ on Friday nights. We even had a U.S. soldier stationed in Italy ask for a shout-out in the season opener, to which we happily obliged.
And who can forget about Razorback football? And Packers football! I really don't think any month beats September. For you prospective '12 AuD students, I advise you to keep the things you love close to you even during the most strenuous times of the semester. Just a small amount of "brain rejuvenation" can go a long way.