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*