I’ve been in school now for about three and a half weeks. I’ve thought about posting about it before, but frankly, my head hasn’t been in it.
I finally feel like I’m getting in the swing of things, like I’m getting over my initial “I refuse to give up my free time to do homework” mindset (which is preposterous seeing as how I’m now working less than 1/2 as much as I was before, so I still have a lot of free time).
When I came home from work this afternoon, I read all of “Charlotte’s Web” for one of my classes, four articles, wrote two posts for different classes about the readings, and I plan to do more after I post this. So, I can do it.
The degree I’m getting is a Masters of Science in Information Studies (formerly a Masters of Library and Information Science, before that a Masters of Library Science) at the University of Texas at Austin. When I get out, I’ll be qualified for most library positions (except as a school librarian, as most states require you to have at least a few years of teaching experience, which, no. Teaching is not and has never been for me).
I’m taking four classes this semester (for a total of 10 credits – I need 40 to graduate):
- Intro to Information Studies (1 credit) – Super basic, lots of guest speakers, pass/fail.
- Children’s Literature (3 credits) – This is actually a very large undergraduate course. Good teacher, interesting material. Probably my favorite class.
- Electronic resources for Children and Youth (3 credits) – a very small (12 students) seminar class.
- Understanding and Serving users (3 credits) – a required class about a hodge-podge of things, mostly about how to view your clients/customers/patrons as a whole, so far.
I love the UT campus – it is gorgeous and has an old South feel to me (lots of gorgeous old buildings, huge trees, statues, etc. – very different from BYU where they keep tearing down buildings and putting up big new ones). It also definitely feels like it’s downtown, which I like. I feel very smart when I walk around campus (when I get in my classes, I feel less smart).
Anyway, I’ve been really pleased so far. Still, I’m looking forward to Spring Break.