Five Things I have Learned Since Starting Simmons

Soo….guess who has been asked to become a blogger for her graduate program’s admission office? Yes it’s true, it appears that my summer of blogging has given me the necessary skills to blog at the semi-professional/academic level. Yay me!!! Any who, to celebrate my first two full weeks of class, I’ve written up a list of things, in particular order mind you, that I have learned since classes started up, two weeks ago.

But first, some context.

Before I packed up the family car with dad to drive up to Boston for school, my mom decided to impart some advice for me to mull over during the course of my four and half hour long car ride. She said “Keep your mind open, everyday you are going to be learning something new, in and out of school.” I’ve got to give my mom a hand, she doesn’t normally offer such thought provoking advice. However, since I was unable to go back home to Long Island for the Jewish high holidays. I’ve been thinking about my mom a lot lately, especially what she said to me two weeks ago. Thus the birth of the list presented below. It’s pretty remarkable what things a person can think of in between rushing off to class and nannying to young kids. Oh yea, I’m a nanny now. FYI.

  1. Moodle is your best friend: Although this seems like an obvious one, Moodle is a resource that should not be taken for granted. Not only is this the website where we have to upload our assignments, but course readings, syllabi, power point presentations, and other resources and be found there as well.  Basically, everything you need to succeed at school can be found, to a degree, on Moodle. Also, the name is just adorable.
  2. Love the library; they are there for you. Seriously: There is this wonderful librarian at Simmons who sat with my last week and I think she perfectly encapsulates all the amazing things a library can do when administered by a dedicated staff. While I am sure all students who are part of GSLIS (Graduate School of Library and Information Science) already respect and appreciate the library as an institution of knowledge, I’m sure there are people out there who have yet to walk inside. Well, they should and the should do it soon. Those over at Simmons library are not just there to check out our books.
  3. Bring a sweater if you have class in the Palace Road Building.  You are going to need it: While it had was very nice to sit in a cool room during last week’s obnoxiously hot days, I’m going to be honest here, those rooms are COLD. So what life lessons have I learned from having classes in this building? Be smart, bring a sweater with you to class. Having that sweater really makes a difference.

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    It might looks nice but inside is a frozen tundra waiting for its next victims

  4. Your GSLIS classmates are the friendliest classmates you probably have ever had: Perhaps this is just a GSLIS thing, but every student in the program is super friendly. Be it in the classroom or on Moodle, there always seems to be an interesting conversation going on, and everyone is invited to join in. Coming from a school were being mega sociable wasn’t exactly a super big thing, this is somewhat jarring. Seriously, everyday I have to clean out my inbox because all the emails I get are notices from Moodle, telling me that so and so has responded to what’s her face. Now don’t get me wrong here; I LIKE how sociable my classmates are, I really do. But how about we take the talking off the web and into the classroom? Please, my email needs a break.
  5. The professors are fantastic. N’uff said: Just like the staff members over at Beatley Library, the faculty members in GSLIS are not just here to lecture for three hours; they are here for the students. Personally, having an approachable professor is one of those things that is an absolute must for me. How am I supposed to succeed if the professor won’t take time to listen and answer my questions? From what I have experienced so far, I can honestly say that that won’t be a problem here. Trust me, you can never go wrong when an enthusiastic professor can manage to keep your attention for three hours despite it being 9am.
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Proof that I’m not in NY anymore *cries*

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Angry Librarian Rant

Welcome to what is surely going to be one of many posts wherein I tackle the ‘librarian’ part of this blog. Believe it or not, in just a few weeks (2!!) I will be moving to Boston to start grad school for library and information science. As cool as it is to always write about food, I figured why not throw in a bit variety to my little blog. Mix things up a bit every now and then. While I will try to make these segments as informative and interesting regarding the subject of library and information science, there will be the occasional rant or two. Keep in mind, I’m still a student after all so a few minor frustrations are bound to happen. Like this one.

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Can’t you just feel the seething anger in this librarian’s eyes!!!

Today, my parents left home for a brief vacation leaving me home with my grandma and two cats. With nothing much to do, I decided to tackle this online tutorial thing that my school is requiring all its new students to do. Broken into different sections, the tutorial wants to be sure that all incoming students are comfortable using the campus’s web-based technologies, online research databases, and other resources. While I think offering students a chance to brush up on stuff they might not be familiar with is nice, that does not give the school an excuse to treat their students like idiots.

What is a database?

How do you cut and paste on a Mac or PC?

My Reaction?

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say that these are things that if a person didn’t know than they probably would not have managed to get through their undergrad years let alone into grad school. But oh, the virtual belittlement gets worse. Those questions were only from the first part. In the second section, the questions focused on using the school’s library catalog and research database. Having worked four years in my undergrad’s library, I can honestly tell you that most library catalogs are the same. True they might have some differences but the basics are the same. Now I’m not trying to sound mean or anything, but once again, if a person didn’t know how to do this stuff, how on earth did they manage to graduate? Yea I can tell you horror stories of students at my undergrad coming up to me at the desk and admitting that, as seniors, they had never checked out a book before but they still knew how to research articles and journals. I would imagine that people who are going to grad school for library science would know something about well, libraries???

Am I crazy in thinking this??