I realize I’ve been neglecting my blog of late… So hey, let’s chat.
In September, I started my first semester of graduate school. I’m taking classes online through the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee to get a Masters in Library and Information Science. Going into it, I knew that grad school would be a challenge. But, of course, there’s a difference between knowing something intellectually and knowing it experientially. As someone who has half a semester under their belt, I can attest that grad school is HARD.
It’s not the work itself that is challenging. I mean, yeah, it’s hard. But it’s grad school. High standards are to be expected. For the most part, I think I’m keeping up just fine. I understand the coursework, participate in discussions with my classmates, and have pulled decent enough grades on my assignments thus far.
The most difficult part about grad school has been finding time to actually do the work and still maintain a shred of sanity. I’ve already had two emotional breakdowns this semester, which is two more than my entire career as an undergraduate.
Goodbye, free time. Hello, higher education.
Last week, I started grad school! I’m pursuing my Masters in Library and Information Science through the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. My classes are all online, which enables me to do school while continuing to work full time.
All week, people in my life have been asking how it’s been so far. My reply has usually been a dubious expression and a weird, semi-coherent grunt. I knew that grad school would be a lot of work, but there’s intellectual knowledge and experiential knowledge. And, boy, am I learning experientially!
It’s not that my classes are anything I can’t handle. The workload is large, but definitely doable. The challenge is adjusting to new pressures and a new routine. Significant portions of my weekends and days off are now spent hunched over my laptop and pouring through textbooks.
As I learn to be a student remotely, I have to learn to be intentional about taking care of daily business. I’ve taken for granted having time to cook, shop, clean, do laundry, exercise, etc. I now have to think about when I’m going to get those things accomplished. Continue reading
If we were having coffee, I would start out by sharing my big news:
I GOT INTO GRAD SCHOOL!!!
My acceptance letter came via email on Tuesday. This means that, next fall, I’ll be pursuing my Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Thankfully, I opted for the online option and I can continue working as a small-town librarian. If all goes according to plan, the program will take two years to complete.
I’m really looking forward to getting my next degree. It feels weird getting a Masters for a job that I already have… but I know that it will equip me in so many ways for my career ahead. I have never taken online classes before, but I’m a self-motivated learner, so don’t anticipate it being too much of a problem. The thing I dread most is that I won’t have time to read for fun anymore! Continue reading