As I type this I am awaiting my first class of the day: Master's Seminar I. Yes, you read that right. My first class of the day. Thankfully, my program caters to a multitude of students aside from traditional graduate students. Many of us in the program have full-time jobs or obligations prior to class. In order to most effectively educate us, the professors time classes in the evenings so that as many people can benefit from them as possible.
The building I am in is quite beautiful. It was recently redone so not only is it aesthetically pleasing, it is functionally appealing as well. From what others have said, I am in for a treat for both of my classes tonight; the other one being Higher Education Policy. I am excited to continue on this journey and it feels relatively normal to be in an academic building with peers who may or may not be learning the same things. Within the College of Education you have Student Development (where the School Psychologists, counselors, and Social Justice Education programs are); Educational Policy, Research, and Administration (EPRA--which is me); and Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies (where the teachers are).
With supportive faculty, amazing friends, and a workplace that understands that connections between practice and theory, I know that UMass is the place for me to be. I am thankful for the ability to be here and am excited to see what this amazing school has to offer!!
If I was a child and had to imagine myself in seventeenth grade, I do not think I would have been able to. To be in a graduate program at a phenomenal university is one thing, but to be able to say as a first-generation college student that I am here is something fantastic.
Everyone around me tells me that I am going to be in school forever because I love it so much. Maybe that is true to some extent, but to be honest it is the learning that I love. Being able to be immersed in new things without judgment is great. Like-minded individuals all together tackling real-world, life-sized problems facing education in today's society is purely remarkable.
Work is exactly what I thought it to be and then some. I am so excited to be able to use my knowledge and skills from my assistantship to help with my classwork and vice versa. I cannot wait for this semester to truly start!