One year ago I decided to do something that would change my life.
One year ago, I embarked on a journey that would help me get closer to making my dreams come true.
One year ago I enrolled in graduate school…
At first I was afraid, I was petrified lol but seriously I was very apprehensive. I didn’t know if I could manage working a full-time job and school not to mention it’s been almost five years since I graduated college. I didn’t think I could get back into the swing of things. But I thought long and hard about it and had a good support system cheering me on for the most part. I put it off long enough. The time was right and here I am today with already one year under my belt! It feels good. While I had some good advice, there was just a few things no one mentioned. For example:
1. Yes, you still have to do that awkward first-day- of- class introduction
I dread the first day of class for this one reason! Every semester we go around the class stating our names (as if anyone’s going to remember), majors, where we’re from, what we hope to gain out of the class, etc. It annoys me. I feel more like a little kid in grade school than grad school. No matter how many times I’ve introduced myself, I always get this nervousness in my stomach when my turn is approaching. What’s worse is if you had a previous class with some of the same people you get to listen to the same spiel for a second time around. Yay.
2. Some instructors have NEVER taught before
Yes, you read right. My first year has brought out a lot of surprises. It is the first time that a lot of my professors have taught a class. Everyone has to start somewhere. It’s not a totally bad thing though. They are a wealth of knowledge because they actually work in the field that they teach but on the other hand its annoying because these are also usually the ones who are late, don’t provide you with a syllabus until week two (of a ten week term) or wait to submit your grades for assignments you’ve turned in all at one time.
3. Professors are NOT punctual
I’m not just talking two or three minutes late either. My first semester in grad school, one of professors was 45 minutes late! He was actually late all the time! I get it. We’re all adults here. Life happens. But I have a life too. One that includes working to keep a roof over my head and tuition (cough, cough) and I still managed to make it on time. Also in the syllabus (if you ever get one) there’s a whole section regarding the lateness and absences policy. Obviously being on time is important but don’t expect something of me if you’re not giving it yourself. Lead by example.
I’m sure I’ll have more to add to this list in the time to come!
– A Black Girl About Town