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!!