Friday, August 27, 2010

Musings of a New Grad Student

Today marks the close of my first week as an Information and Library Science student! I have classes on Monday and Wednesday for a total of three classes and nine credits. This is considered full time for a graduate student. Wowie, am I glad I didn't sign up for more classes as I was tempted to do! The courses I'm taking are: Cultural Foundations, Conceptual Foundations and Computing Foundations.

First thoughts: *Gurgle, gurlge* I'm drowning! Presentations, interviews, assignments - already?
Second thoughts: No, it's not that bad. Thanksgiving break is only 13 weeks away. =/
Final Thoughts: If I get through next week I'll make it through the semester. If I make it through the semester I can make it through the program. So, this week and I'm set for the next two years. =)

Highlights of the Week:
  • I have some well-informed, interesting and personable teachers.
  • My classmates are also personable people and are already helping me learn things I never knew.
  • I'm learning HTML and it's fun!
Don't be surprised if my reading/reviewing pace slows considerably. However, I've got a few post ideas in the works, hopefully a guest post and a new weekly feature so, stay tuned! Oh, yeah, and there's my work space. The downside is that I don't have a desk big enough to accommodate my cluttering studying needs. The upside is I get to sit in a huge overstuffed chair which is great for reading.


  1. Congrats on finishing your first week! I'm interested to find out what you think about Iowa's program for future reference.

  2. Oh goodness! Looks like you've got a lot of work to do-good luck! I'm sure you'll do great though! Just keep positive :)

  3. Good luck! Last week was my first week back in the classroom, teaching, so I feel your pain. :) Actually, we're just anxious, right?

  4. Grad school is a lot of work! I have an MA in English, and I started an MLIS through a local online program. It is a TON of work. I had to ditch it for the moment when my family life really kicked in, but I would love to continue with it sooner than later.

    Have a blast!

  5. I love your "Final Thoughts" - what a great attitude to have!

    I spent several months immersing myself in XHTML and CSS as well - I loved playing around with all the design possibilities.

  6. I have to tell you that with graduate school, if you make it through the first semester (which feels like its own special kind of hell), you will be just fine! I am not sure that I have ever met a first-semester graduate student that did not feel this way!! I have an MA in History and an MLS - both felt that way and I made it. You will too!!

    Thanks for visiting my blogs: LibrarysCat and Never Forget!
    Have a great weekend!

  7. Stopping by via the blog hop... I wish you luck as you get your degree in MLS! I got mine this summer. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, but I still have a lot more free time now! :)

    Hope you have a great weekend,
    Jessi @ The Elliott Review

  8. Thanks for the well wishes everyone!