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.
From the time of orientation to my first week of classes, I remember feeling very confused and overwhelmed. This led to a bad start in most of my classes, where I quickly felt behind. In addition, I was also working in a library for the first time and learning completely different information than the coursework that I was assigned. Gradually this got better and I learned to ask for help from my fellow KR scholars and UA resources.
After that experience, I realized that coursework is just a small part of what I should be getting out of KR and my master’s program. I decided to pursue my interests and to make time for volunteering, attending student associations, and networking. One of the difficulties I found in my first semester was not having hands on experience that I could apply to the articles and theories that I was learning in class. My first library conference in Denver earlier this year helped me make the connection between theory and practice that I did not have before. I also found that conference attendees were more than willing to discuss my interests with me, and also gave ideas and advice for finding the right career path.
Some of the advice that I think was most helpful to me was:
1) To take more time or less classes if that is what is best for you
2) Pursue what is most interesting to you
3) Get as much experience as possible
4) Ask for help! I was once told, “no one should be saying no to you right now.” As students, we have access to the best resources, guidance, and opportunities for experience, but you have to ask for help and to seek out those opportunities.
For my remaining semesters, I hope to continue to challenge myself by getting more experience in new areas. I feel that I have a lot to look forward to in the time that I have left, and my goal is to make the most of it.