I am feeling overwhelmed and in awe knowing that I am sitting in front of this computer writing about my experience as a first year Knowledge River graduate student. As an undergraduate senior at the University of Arizona I had decided that I wanted to give back to the Hispanic/Latin community here in Arizona. The perfect way that I thought I would be able to do this was to join Teach for America (TFA) – so I did just that. I had gone through the rigorous application process with fellow Wildcats, and let me tell you the application process was extremely difficult for me.
Since mid-spring of 2015, my participation in and affiliation with other cohorts, professionals, and alumni of Knowledge River through the University of Arizona's School of Information Graduate Program has not only been a life-changing experience, but also an affirmation of my personally- and closely-held ideologies concerning diversity, inclusion, and equitability. I have found a like-minded, proactive, progressively-inclusive group in Knowledge River.
Hello Fellow KRs!
I can't believe it's already October. While I'm happy that the semester is halfway over, I'm also feeling like my brain is about to explode with all the things still left on my giant to-do list. I'm very thankful for those in my KR cohort who inspire me every time we get together for meetings. Now, I will spare everyone the mushiness and go ahead with the blog post.
The purpose of this blog is to inform you all about the experiences I have had thus far in the program, and maybe share a few laughs along the way.
When I defended my dissertation 15 years ago I was pretty sure I was done with all things academic. I spent the next decade working in bookstores, finding real joy in being able to get right down to working hard and then leaving it all at the shop when my day ended. However, macroeconomic change (as in, the Great Recession) pushed me out of retail as bookstores began closing all around me. I wound up at the public library and discovered the career I should have embarked upon in the first place over a decade ago. I love working with the public, and love it even more in the library, where
Jessica RedhouseKR 134/30/15
Looking back at my first semester in the Fall of 2015, I am proud and amazed that I made it, but at the same time I realize that I have learned so many things that helped me utilize my time better in my second semester.
When I first started Knowledge River, I was excited and unsure at the same time. I had just resigned from my somewhat steady job as a teacher to pursue a Master's Degree at a much larger university than I was accustomed (my undergraduate degree is from Northern Arizona University). I did not know what to expect, but was fairly certain I could handle the work load since I was used to late nights and never-ending piles of papers to grade. Graduate school is a lot of work, but it is enjoyable. When it is not as fun, I have my cohort for support.