Where should I start?... I just want to share that I have personally had a great time here in Tucson and experience many things I never thought would be possible.
I learned about Knowledge River through browsing the Internet but I soon forgot about it since I was applying to the Master’s program out of state. How could I possibly move to another state for a Master’s and participate in a cohort? Well, I decided to visit the Grand Canyon State as a tourist and visit the SIRLS department, after all I wanted to meet the people who I would be emailing. That visit changed my life. I met Gina Macaluso, and she encouraged me to look into the program and consider it. I did apply and was accepted!
These 18 months have been difficult but exciting at the same time. What I tried to do at the beginning was to think about what I really wanted, what my focus would be, and outlined my program. I read the class descriptions and decided what I would take each semester. I know this may be difficult for some but it really helped me plan ahead. I also knew I needed experience and tried to get involve and volunteer in order to get it. My first year GAship, was at the Knowledge River Office. I learned a lot of things I didn’t know prior like using Drupal for the content management of the website and outreach by promoting KR. During my first official semester (not counting summer) I decided to volunteer at the Arizona Historical Society.
Personally, I knew that I wanted and needed an internship to get hands-on experience in the information professional field. I also applied for an internship during my first semester. Although I didn’t have a lot of experience I applied everywhere. I was extremely happy when I received a call from the Library of Congress for an interview. I happened to apply through the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and got an internship position with the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress!! I’ve done so much is hard to even think of organized paragraphs to write it all. Look and research the certificates available through SIRLS if you are interested in either to also plan your program. I was interested in the DigIn program and worked my program around the classes I needed. I also planned for professional development opportunities such as conferences I wanted to attend. The list goes on and on…
Studying, working, and being involve seems like a lot, and it is. I do recommend staying healthy, getting your sleep and making time for yourself! Make time for your family and friends and try to network with people in the field. At this point I do admit I have “Senioritis,” I’m ready to finish and start my career. I’m so glad I’m in my last semester, glad I won’t have deadlines, glad I will have my afternoons all to myself!! Remember that when things get tough and when you start stressing, because you will at some point, know that people have done it before you and its only one of those things in life that happens. Believe me things will get better and all your hard work will pay off sooner or later!
I wish you all the best!
Thank you Veronica for your visual representation of what KR means to you!