So… about grad school…

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Now that I’m well into my first semester of grad school I thought I’d take the time to let you all know how it’s going. Being that this is my first time going to school while working full time, I thought it’d be a good idea to only take one class my first semester. This way I would be able to learn how to properly balance my time between work and school as well as see how crazy the workload really is for grad school.

Work Load: The class I am currently taking is an introductory course to developmental disabilities & is, as the rest of my courses will be, 100% online. We have chapters we need to read each week which range from 20-60 pages depending on the context. At the end of the week, we are to post to a discussion board online and reply to at least one classmate’s post. We also have a few projects/papers to turn in throughout the semester. The writing hasn’t been so bad to be honest, but what has been challenging is getting in the habit of using APA format! We also have 4 times during the semester where we meet on our “online classroom” where the professor gives a small lecture and we’re able to ask questions. No exams, except the final which will also be online.

Time Management: Since I work in the ER, my hours are 3pm-11pm, 5 days a week & every other weekend. So, my mornings and days off are when I’m able to do school work. I’ve found that I am able to manage my time accordingly and will definitely be ready to take two courses next semester. I do miss the “in class” aspect of school but, this “all online” version is so much more convenient and I feel it really is why I’m able to balance work and school so easily.

Course Content: I am LOVING learning about developmental disabilities and cannot wait to start taking my “concentration courses” about Child Life!

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2 thoughts on “So… about grad school…

  1. Hi there! I am an aspiring Child Life specialist and finishing up my Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and I have been looking into the grad program at Nova. I noticed that the concentration requires two consecutive semesters of internship. As you have already completed your internship and are already employed full time, are they requiring that you complete additional internships? Do you know if it’s mandatory to complete two internships or can you just complete one 560 hour internship if you have already completed your practicum? I am sure I could contact the director of the program and find out for myself but I figured I would ask you first! 🙂

    P.s. I just LOVE your blog. I stumbled onto it about a month ago and have been avidly reading your posts! Thank you for all of the fantastic information!

    • Hi Jenna!

      I was really confused about this as well… I spoke to my advisor when I was starting off and she told me that I am not required to do any internships since I am already certified and the point of the internships is to prepare you for certification. I’m not sure about completing just one internship – you should e-mail them! They were really helpful when I was looking for answers 🙂

      Thank you so much for following my blog! I love getting feedback from my readers 🙂

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