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Wheelerswife

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New semester...where are our students?
« on: January 20, 2016, 07:22:12 AM »
Well, January is here and that means another semester is starting.  I'm working on a Master of Science in Education (MSE) in Higher Education Student Affairs.  I have one year to go.  This semester, I continue as a graduate assistant in our Student Accessibility Services office.  This office works on making sure that students with documented disabilities get the access to facilities, course materials, and testing that they need to mitigate their disabilities. I am also doing a practicum in our residential high school completion program for high-achieving high school juniors and seniors who excel in math and science.  I will be advising and counseling these students and introducing animal visits with my dog Rosie.  Then I have two more graduate classes...Governance and Finance, and Technology in Higher Education.  I will be busy this semester!

Who else is in school?  What are you studying?

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Re: New semester...where are our students?
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2016, 08:27:15 AM »
I am in massage therapy school doing an accelerated course and will be done in May and be ready to sit for my license.  I am also doing an online certificate program through University of Arizona in Integrative Medicine, I will be done with that program in April if I can get my graduation project done.  I will be spending the next few months studying, getting my massage hours in, researching, and trying to figure out how I am going to combine these 2 new credentials with my physical therapy degree to make a career change.
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Re: New semester...where are our students?
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2016, 11:37:44 AM »
I am taking mental health and addictions. I am in my last semester, we are in class for 7 weeks and then placement for 8 weeks. So only 5 more weeks of classes! I'm not sure what will happen next, but I know I'm not done with school yet! Thinking psychology maybe?

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Re: New semester...where are our students?
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2016, 04:57:01 PM »
I just finished my practicum for adding media specialist on to my Pre-K-6 teaching license. I had started working on it before dh got sick and stopped with just the practicum left to do in 2012. It was good to get it out of the way finally. I originally was going to get my master's, but I don't have the time or money to finish that anymore. Plus I'm afraid of the thesis/starred paper aspect.

I don't currently work full-time, I teacher sub in our local district. Plan to get a full time teaching job again once the youngest is in kindergarten, hopefully. I'm finding I don't like elementary age anymore and prefer middle school, so we'll see what I end up doing.
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Re: New semester...where are our students?
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2016, 01:06:23 AM »
I'll be re-starting my third semester of coursework toward earning a Masters of Library & Information Science degree.  I'm not really looking forward to it, wondering if I'm going back too soon.

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Re: New semester...where are our students?
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2016, 01:44:19 PM »
Meeeeee!! IN six weeks I'll be finished with my bachelor's of science in nursing. Hopefully that will be the end of it, cos I'm tired of school! This will make... um... five degrees in two fields. That should be sufficient, right? :P
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Re: New semester...where are our students?
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2016, 05:54:17 PM »
I'll be re-starting my third semester of coursework toward earning a Masters of Library & Information Science degree.  I'm not really looking forward to it, wondering if I'm going back too soon.

Don't be shy asking your professors to work with you.  I teach at a University with an extremely diverse population and have worked with students through all manner of situations to get them through the semester, including the deaths of parents and spouses.  Here's hoping the diversion will be good for you.  I'm rooting for you --- well, for all of you, of course!

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Re: New semester...where are our students?
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2016, 07:34:39 PM »
I'll be re-starting my third semester of coursework toward earning a Masters of Library & Information Science degree.  I'm not really looking forward to it, wondering if I'm going back too soon.

I went back to school...new semester...11 days after my husband died.  I knew that I needed something to keep me going.  As distracted as I was, having deadlines gave me something on which to focus.  I hope you can find some structure to your time and success in your studies.

Maureen
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Re: New semester...where are our students?
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2016, 11:51:34 PM »
I agree with Maureen. I started less than two months after he died. It was probably the best thing I could've done for myself. It made me get out of bed and work towards something positive for my future! Even though he was never far from my thoughts it gave me something to focus on.
Of course it's not the same for everyone, so I'm hoping that it all works out for you!

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Re: New semester...where are our students?
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2016, 03:46:25 AM »
I'm not in school but am considering going back for my masters.  I've been involved with the local CC as I believe that higher ed, whether in CC or the 4 year institutions, provide opportunity for jobs. 

I found that I'm not so in love with what I'm currently doing and want to return to my passion: HR/human improvement and performance.  This business that I'm in may have been more a dream for the family.  But now it's suffocating me.
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Re: New semester...where are our students?
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2016, 04:36:30 PM »
I'm in my last semester of my Master's program for structural engineering. Being a grad student is hard enough, add being a widow on top, extremely difficult.  The one good thing about my school is they have good counseling resources. The bad thing is my department does not understand anything about grief and continues to put pressures on me to be as academically successful as my other classmates.  Wishing all of you in school luck as well. I think we deserve a badge of honor for even attempting school.

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Re: New semester...where are our students?
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2016, 05:10:32 PM »
We can pull this off, biscuit!  I'm facing my most challenging semester yet.  But we are going to do this!  One week down, 15 to go.

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Maureen
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Re: New semester...where are our students?
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2016, 05:33:47 PM »
Here!
I graduate in May with my BBA-Accounting and Both my courses are online this semester. I am loving the freedom of this online only semester. I started back to school 6 months after he died. It kept me focused.
I'm still working as a student worker in the grants/donor office, but I really like the work and environment so I might try to find a job @other local universities/cc. I'd like to get my grad degree immediately, but I need a brain break. I just wanna work and enjoy my kids and my weekends.
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Re: New semester...where are our students?
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2016, 03:59:11 PM »
I'm feeling a little better about this semester after an e-mail exchange with my professor yesterday.  I realized that signing up for the previously dropped class with the same professor, who knows my situation, was a smart move. 

I assumed that I would have to complete all previous assignments over again, 6 weeks of work before I dropped the class, restarting rather than resuming the course.  I asked her to confirm, reminding her of why I dropped the course last semester, and she told me that she's perfectly okay with me resubmitting last semester's work for those assignments.  Yippee!!  That's a huge relief, since I'm still not feeling 100% focused yet, and I really didn't relish the idea of writing new papers on the same assigned topics.

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Re: New semester...where are our students?
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2016, 11:56:24 PM »
I am currently taking an online course to get an authorization in Autism added to my current Education Instruction Specialist teaching credential. I am also giving some consideration to starting courses in the near future towards getting a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology.

At one point in time, my Kenneth had been pushing me to get a Master's Degree in either Special Education or Administration. I was even on the fast track toward becoming an administrator; however, I came to the decision that I loved being in the classroom far too much to give up teaching and to move into a principal or other district office position. Then, Kenneth's health got so bad, that I had to give up any thoughts of continuing my education. Even if I had wanted to, there was no money and no time for it.

Nearly two years after his death, I am finally in a position where I can actually give serious consideration to going back to work on my Master's Degree, and I can pursue something that I am truly interested in. Since I moved from NC to CA, I would have to go back and take entry level classes to get my Master's Degree in Special Education from a CA college. Now that I am in my 16th year of teaching, that seems a bit ridiculous. Since I know I have no interest in administration, that doesn't seem fitting, either.

With the influx of technology and the drive toward including technology in our instruction, it seems like getting a Master's in Instructional Technology would be the way to go. I would be learning something new, so I would not be bored to tears; and I could take what I learned and actually use it in the classroom. The whole idea of becoming a student again really excites me, but I worry about the time commitment and the stress of having to add another thing to my busy schedule. In the end, I think it would be worth it, though.
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