Today is the last day of my first semester in graduate school. I have been reflecting. Here is what I have come up with:

  • I am a horrible formal writer, but have improved immensely in just a few months. 
  • I thought being a librarian was going to be about books. I was wrong, but I am learning all the amazing that it can be and I find that exciting. 
  • I need to work on my procrastination.
  • I am proud of myself for reading so many young adult books, even while taking this course, and having the baby, and working, and singing, and cooking and cleaning. 
  • I need to read & re-read more library science articles.
  • I need to talk more to my librarian and my mentor. They are great resources.
  • I love that this class, INFO 5001, has been a, what feels like, comprehensive class about all things library.
  • I am grateful for wi-fi and Plano ISD Chrome books
  • I am grateful for Dr. Marino and Michelle Farabough. I was talking to my friend who is doing his master’s at a nearby school and shared that his current grad class was a waste of time and money. I told him I was sorry. 
  • I know now, that I can do this (graduate school).
  • I see the library in a completely different way. I appreciate things more, I see a product or event, and can imagine the process that led up to that event.

In my current position, as a choir director, I want to practice my emerging library skills, or rather skills of awesomeness. Next school year, I plan to: host a composer talk (like an author talk), ask for more student feedback throughout the year, compile more student data, advocate more, use more technology in class and during concerts. 

I believe starting this degree is one of the best decisions I have made in this decade, in addition to sleeping more, quitting marathon running and baking bread.

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