Time flies by! I cannot believe that I am about to graduate with a Master's degree so fast. I am so happy to finally be approaching the end (I am so exhausted!), but as I look back I can't help thinking how much all that hard work has been worth it. Participating in the Knowledge River has presented me with wonderful experiences. Not only have I met some of my best friends now, I have also grown into myself as a person and as a professional. I've gotten to travel to conferences such as the Computers in Library Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. and the 2014 Annual ALA Conference in Las Vegas and met so many wonderful people in the profession. I am very grateful for my graduate assistant positions because I have learned to push past my shyness, learned to plan and lead workshops as well as gotten the hands on experience in the public library I had so wanted. I am now considering a career as a Children's librarian because of the experiences I have had leading Babytime at the Murphy-Wilmot Library.
There is so much that Knowledge River has to offer and I encourage everyone to take advantage of your time here. It will be over before you know it (even if some semesters feel to last forever and a day). Go to conferences, speak to people you don't know and push yourselves. If you are feeling stressed, reach out to your cohort and do something not related to school. It's important to take a little break once in a while so you don't get overwhelmed. My cohort has been a great support system and when we all get awesome jobs; we will be each other's professional network!
Good luck to you all and if you ever need anything (to talk or just hang out) I'd be happy to help :)