A little over a year ago I filled out an application and sat down to write an essay. I had very little faith that I would be accepted into the Knowledge River program, as I am neither Latino nor Native American. I had already decided that I would get my Master’s Degree, but being accepted as a Knowledge River Scholar would help immensely (financially).
In the Summer of 2015 I decided to enroll in LIS 504: Introduction to Library and Information Science. I was incredibly nervous since it meant more essays, readings, lectures and so on. I felt like I was setting myself up for what would seem like endless of hours of work. Well, I was correct; getting a master’s degree has meant putting hours of work into it. However, it is not the dreaded experience I imagined; I enjoy working towards my degree.
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.