New Year, New Adventures

I cannot believe how much I have neglected my blog the last few months; but let me tell you, I have exciting news!! About a month ago I interviewed for a full time child life specialist position at a local hospital and shortly thereafter received the offer. I have been working as a child life […]

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Status: Certified

For those of you that have been sitting anxiously at the edge of your seats to find out whether or not I passed the professional exam yesterday – the wait is over and…. …. …. …. as you probably already guessed from the title… …. I PASSED! I, Alexandria Friesen, am officially a Certified Child Life Specialist.  […]

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Turn the Page

Monday October 31st…this week marks the first week of a new and very exciting chapter that I am happily accepting with open arms. This weekend has been crazy, and the build up to this week has all finally hit. I don’t know about you, but I used to be absolutely terrified of change, or anything straying even remotely […]

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5 Days

Another Sunday evening has approached which means I am getting ready to head in to another week of interning. Preparation plays an enormous component in the work we do in child life, so it’s been engrained in me to prepare (to the best of my ability) beforehand. What does this preparation look like? Well, I […]

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How to Have a Purpose

First of all, hi! It has been quite some time since my last post and for that I am very sorry! Needless to say I have been crazy busy and adjusting to my new city, house, and schedule has kept me on my toes. BUT I think I am finally starting to (somewhat) get the […]

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Home Sweet Home

I landed in Canada last night at around 4:00pm local time. Needless to say my body wants me to slow down for a few days…I came down with some sort of cold and/or sinus infection on my last night in Eldoret. It’s perfect timing, because I wouldn’t have been able to go to the hospital […]

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What’s a language barrier anyways?

Good evening! Today was a very busy and productive Tuesday at the hospital. I spent the morning working in the AMPATH paediatric clinic with the children in for visits today. It was very busy with children constantly coming and going. It was an awesome experience and one that I would not have the chance to […]

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All the Feels: Sundays are for Reflecting

When I began this blog (almost a year ago…holy!) I wanted it to be a very honest and real description and interpretation of my journey through the child life process(es). This has been the most incredible rollercoaster ride I have ever been on. I have fallen in love with the “ups” and have learned to […]

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Christmas in August

It is Friday, and my first work week as a child life specialist in training has been a success! I have learned so much in just five days and I am beyond excited to think about a whole new week in the horizon. While this week focused primarily on formal education on a variety of […]

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Jambo!

Today marks five days on Kenyan soil and so far it has all been incredible; from the food to the people, I could not have asked for a better experience so far. Today has been my second day actually in the hospital. Yesterday Morgan lectured and trained the team further on triaging patients and patient […]

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