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Graduation!

I graduated with my MLS/School Media Specialist degree from CUNY Queens College on May 31st, 2012! I’m so excited to be through with all the demands of taking classes and writing my thesis. A few days later, I was happy to see my grades come through the registrar, and I did very well, if I may so so myself.

I’m hoping to get back in the swing of things on the blogosphere once I get settled in my post-grad-school life.

Now, I’m looking for a school librarian/media specialist position or a youth services position in a public library. ¬†Tell me if you hear anything ūüėČ

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Done and done! [with my first MLS class]

Three exams…check.
Class presentation…check.
Final paper…check.
[insert happy dance]

I’ve finished my summer course, and it feels good to have my first MLS class under my belt. Depending on how the 3rd exam grade goes, I should have earned somewhere in the A-vicinity in this course [yay!!].

I got back comments for my final paper (topic=graphic novels and literacy), and they were a bit unnerving. Although I was satisfied with the grade, I was a bit unsettled by what the professor had a problem with. It seems that I had too many citations in each paragraph.  Perhaps it just got tedious to read.

Regardless, I’ll be posting most of my assignments on my online portfolio here. ¬†Now, all that has been posted is my powerpoint presentation. ¬†I hope to post my final paper and my annotated bibliography ¬†in the coming week, so if you’re interested in graphic novels, check again in a few days.

I have about two weeks of relaxation and pleasure reading before the fall semester begins. ¬†Then, I’ll be taking two courses for my MLS, which should work out to be as much of a workload as one summer course [I hope]. ¬†Enjoy the summer break, all you QCers out there!

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It’s Matriculation Time!

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This week, I made my first satisfying slices through red tape. ¬†Like any respectable institution, Queens College has its fair share of interdepartmental twists and turns. ¬†Considering the fact that I’ll be starting classes at the end of this month, I thought that a few weeks was cutting it close. ¬†A friend of mine cut it even closer – a one week turnaround from acceptance to the first graduate class. ¬†Regardless, I feel an inkling of gratification after this week’s worth of taking care of business:

  • Friday 6/4 – Acceptance. …and there was much rejoicing…
  • Wednesday 6/9 – On the phone with LIS department, advisement office, registrar, advisement, LIS. ¬†Finally…Enrollment in my summer 701 course. ¬†Google Calendar here I come!
  • Tuesday 6/6 – On the phone with IT, registrar, IT, registrar, IT, LIS department, made online payment (Ouch!), and on the phone with bursar. ¬†And now…I’m an official MLS student!

It feels good to get back into the academic game and to learn again how to keep the momentum going. ¬†The red tape wasn’t prohibitive; it was just enough to get the wheels turning in this old brain of mine. ¬†Three cheers for library school! ¬†Now I can become an ALA (and state) student member.

Tomorrow’s challenge: ¬†my first Librarian Trainee job ¬†interview. ¬†Wish me good luck!

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A Taste of Queens College

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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.

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Welcome!

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Welcome to SmellTheInk, my newest blog. ¬†Here, I’ll chronicle some of the highs and lows of my career as a library student. ¬†I’m applying to CUNY Queens College‘s Graduate School of Library & Information Science and beginning studies this summer.

The photo on the headline of this blog was one I took in Linz, Austria at the Ars Electronica (Electronic Art) Center. ¬†It features a panel of moveable (a la giant abacus) LEDs. ¬†It seemed fitting for a profession that drives down the information superhighway. ¬†Also, I thought the modern twist would juxtapose nicely with the paper-and-ink themed-title of the blog. ¬†I’d love to hear feedback about the theme, photo, and overall feel of the page.

Thanks – Christine

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