Tonight, I was an interviewee at my first group interview. It was part of the admissions process for the MLS program at Queens College. It was really more of an informational meeting, followed by individual mini-Q&A’s.
The professor noted that during the “down time” while others were being interviewed, we all seemed to socialize nicely. I guess that so far, we future students mesh well together – hopefully this will carry over to the classroom as well.
There was great diversity amongst the interviewees, in terms of professional/academic background. We had folks from academia, elementary schools, straight-out-of-college, two from publishing, and other fields as well. It seemed, though, that a fair amount of people had experience working in a public library, the field in which I hope to base my career.
After the interview, I feel somewhat confident about my acceptance, but a little bit nervous about the high level of workload at Queens College. We spent a good deal of time individually planning out our upcoming semesters’ schedules (on real paper! how ’bout that?!) I’ll be starting this summer with only one class (2x per week for 6 weeks) so that I can acclimate myself again to the academic realm. After that, I’ll be taking 2-3 classes every semester until I get through 12 of ’em. More updates to follow.