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.
Last Friday several of us drove to Raytheon to view the Tucson Technical Library.
Don’t have “what if’s” by Cynthia Palacios
You can always find a reason not get out of your comfort zone.
Be the person that makes it happen, and make yourself stand out.
Don’t be fear-driven. When confronted with a change, opportunity, risk, etc. you either take it or stay where you are.
KR equips you to be the difference you want to see, go out and be that difference maker.
Answer your “what if” questions during your graduate experience.
Here are some examples of my “what ifs”: