I'm doing the iSchool program through San Jose State University, working on getting my MLIS--Master's of Library and Information Science. The school requires that you take a quick session on sexual harassment/assault before you start there--which I think is fantastic, we need more consent-centered education available to everyone--and I finished that one quickly.
In this online program, you also have to take a four week intro class about how to succeed as an online graduate student. While classes don't actually start until the 24th, and the intro class isn't over until September 21st, this class opened at the beginning of August. So I've been trucking my way through that class. It's basic stuff for me--social media and technology use, self-motivation techniques, online teamwork. I did have a bit of a struggle with APA format, because at this point, I've basically memorized MLA! But I'll do fine.
I just love the feeling of achievement that online classes give you, working on your own at your own pace, not having to sit through hours of lectures that, oftentimes, especially in lower-level classes, are unnecessary. I can get the work done and move on. So for me, online education works really well. It's not for everyone, of course. I'm good at academic work, decently self-motivated, hate lectures, and learn best from reading. People who learn better in different ways might find online courses quite difficult--there's certainly more work to do in them. For me, that tradeoff is worth it. I really save a lot of time and boredom.
So I'm feeling pretty good about grad school right now. I'm taking one class a semester (with the exception of this semester, where I've got the four week intro plus one regular class) because that's about all my family can afford. I'm kicking off with the intro to library science course in a little over a week! I also just organized my plan for what classes I'd like to take--I'm focusing on youth services, because I love YA, obviously. I think it'll be great. I was worried that I'd be really bad at the "information" part, but actually, I'm good with technology and research and social media, all of that. I should really be fine.
Now I gotta finish up my current edits on COCA so I can get this draft out to my very patient critique partners! (I am so sorry, you guys.) I've also got some updating and writing to do for this blog and a library volunteer program to apply to, among things. So, yeah, my "summer break" needs to be reined in now. But, like, after I recover from this fibro flare.
See you guys again on Tuesday! Don't forget to vote in Wednesday's post for what Wordy Wednesday I should do this next week. *Poll closed* And thanks for all your support!