Valerie Mae Alunan

  • Saying Adieu to a Year of Placement

    "Saying Goodbye doesn't mean anything. It's the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it." Trey Parker It's hard to find the perfect words in order to summarise the things I've learned and experienced over a whole...

  • Bristol Festivals: Love Saves The Day

    “I’m covered in mud.” Valerie Alunan Love Saves the What? Love Saves the Day. Pioneering Bristol music festival. Party in the park extravaganza. Mountains of cast away Red Stripe cans. Hipsters' day to show off their un-mainstream fashion. Metres and...

  • The Pros and Cons of having a desk to call your own

    "It's a wonderful world. You can't go backwards. You're always moving forward." Harvey Fierstein Apologies, and many more apologies for my absence in the world of blogging. I have had, let’s say, a very busy period of my life. ‘But...

  • 'S' is for 'Stressitation'

     "If you so choose, even the unexpected setbacks can bring new and positive possibilities. If you so choose, you can find value and fulfillment in every circumstance." Ralph Marston There is a terrible truth I have to admit to myself at...

  • A Day in the Life of a Student Psychologist

    "I think if I took therapy, the doctor would quit. He’d just pick up the couch and walk out of the room" Don Rickles Upon a coincidental bump-in with a friend when I was going about the town, our casual...

  • Being a University Student for a day: The Placements Conference

    I have missed the (somewhat) stress-free life of being a student. Oh, Bath you beauty. Oh, uni how I’ve missed you dearly. Take two days off work to relive the life of a University student - who would say no to that? Those...

  • The Things You Get To Know About Bristol

      “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” Freya Stark I’ve been living in the cidade de Bristol for a good, solid six months now, and I’m beginning to notice that...

  • Unpaid Placements: All Work, No Pay?

    The ever-growing phenomenon of the internship (also known as, a work placement) was but a mere child adopted from the USA that is now a fully living, fully integrated part of the UK’s market of employment. Internships and placements were...

  • Self-Esteem: Thinking You're Awesome, Makes You Awesome

    “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Buddha We live in a world mellifluous of opposites, and a vast array of diverse people with different characteristics: the rich-poor, the lazy-active, the introverted-extroverted....

  • Getting on the Job Wagon: Writing your CV

    As I am coming steadfastly towards the halfway marker of my work placement as a student psychologist, leaving a trail of paperwork, articles and bags of experience as I run down the path… I think back in retrospect about what...