In other words, I graduated!
This time last year, I was scurrying around town gathering boxes and tape to move to Pittsburgh. I had turned down a library assistant job and an online MLS program to attend U.Pitt, begin an internship in ILL-land, and to live in a new city.
Now, I have faithfully returned in hopes of procuring another career opportunity in one of the many amazing libraries in central Ohio. Although I pledged not to limit myself geographically, I cannot help but want to stay here--near my family and in an area that supports libraries so fully. In the event that nothing happens for me in the near future, I'll expand my horizons, but we'll see for now.
So, graduation... The ceremony lasted 30 minutes for a program of 111 graduates, and I have no clue how they accomplished that. Everyone was happier for it, though. And despite feeling sad and somber about saying goodbye to some really genuine people with creative minds whom I am sure will have great influence over the library profession in the future, it is safe to say that we were all ready to say goodbye. A one-year program is intense, and having final assignments due as well as wrapping up internships and jobs the day before our ceremony was the end point.
Although my thoughts on graduation are tied up with frustration with a lack of a career, I am excited to put what I have learned to use. I am finishing my MOOC (love it!), catching up on webinars, downloading articles before my access ends at Pitt, and catching up on the listserv emails I stored this past semester. Lots to do, and lots of time to do it.
I'm also doing non-library activities as well, to keep sane and remind myself about what is out there. I have bought a new video game (Sid Meyer's Civilization V), am spending time with my grandmother, and will begin working out again tomorrow (I know--that's what they always say).
All in all, I am happy to be finished, excited at the prospects that lie ahead, and cautious that everything won't work out exactly as I had planned. I hope this blog will help me use that English degree and stay engaged with the issues and discussions in the profession both now and in the future.
Recent MLIS graduate & lover of writing. This is a narrative of my first look into the librarian profession.