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Not to be left out, I'd also like to know how many people in this group are going for or have gotten master's degrees. (Library science for me--I graduate in December) What have your experiences been like and what academic field did you study?
Library Science was by far the easiest of the three, and the one that has kept me employed (oddly, not as an actual librarian, but that's another story). English was the most interesting and challenging.
Sigh. Except for the being poor part, sometimes I wish I was still in grad school!
13transmutations Primeira Mensagem
PS. You can read about some of my academic adventures on my blog -- see my LT profile for the URL.
What can you tell me about your experience at SFSU?
15vidalporter Primeira Mensagem
Grad applications are like job applications. You may be qualified, but if they do think you'll fit in well with the goals of the company, they won't hire you.
Sure, no suprise there are so many english and library studies, but scientists need literature, too.
23Chellgrl22 Primeira Mensagem
It's so great to see the range of people here (even with all you Library Science students... ;) ).
I'm working for my M.Ed. in Elementary Education at Boston College... one more year! Oooh, just can't wait until May 2007. It's going to be busy, that's for sure.
Best of luck to everyone who will be starting up again for Fall semester!
29lucidtheory Primeira Mensagem
I'm doing the Ph.D. in speech-language pathology as well, but I'm a neurolinguist at heart... (at mind?)
It depends on goals. I want to be a teaching and researching professor. But I could be satisfied, focused on teaching, if I finished a Masters and worked at a Community College. Ok, that's not glamorous, but am I trying to impress someone? No -- I want to teach.
We must all ask ourselves what's really important, at each stage in life, and then try to live with the answer.
Glad to be here and find so many other friendly (virtual) faces.
I have a Masters in Library Science from State University at Buffalo.
Thinking about getting another masters in the next couple of years. I want the other degree in something that involves education, instruction and technology; I'm just not too sure about what kind of program I want to pursue.
I'm studying the South African media's representation of an Afrikaans punk band who call themselves Fokofpolisiekar, and who have pretty much taken on the entire notion of Afrikaans identity. It's fun, justifies going to gigs (research, I have discovered, is an infinitely flexible term) and is keeping me much busier than I thought it would. I'm just a bit worried about having to finish it - I'm having such fun, I don't want it to end.
I did my Honours degree in English Literature, and Beat writing to be specific.
I think my parents have given up on the idea that I will be able to look after them in their old age, and are now encouraging me to 'marry well'.
Another nat. science person here. I have got a degree (diploma, the german equivalent of the masters for nat. sciences) in Agriculture and Environmental Studies. I got that many moons ago, and have been working in software companies for the last 8 years. I'd love to combine my degree, my experience with document management systems and my love for books and libraries, but haven't figured it out yet (changing careers also isn't as common in my country as it seems in the USA).
45dinosaur_renaissance Primeira Mensagem
It's nice to see someone from Eastern Illinois University on here. That's where I got my undergraduate degree in English.
I am currently a second year graduate student in social work at Washburn University in Topeka, KS. May of 2007 and I'll have my masters and my husband will have his PhD in cognitive psychology.
I have secret fantasies of becoming a librarian! Maybe someday I'll end up in a library science program, who knows.
My primary interests are ancient languages (all phases of the ancient Egyptian language and ancient Greek), Egyptian religion and art, and Ptolemaic Egypt (especially the temples built during that era).
Keeps me busy. :)
Now I need to get offline, quit procrastinating, and do my homework!
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Thinking of taking up yoga too (thats popular with the ladies right?)
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My BA (dual major, Philosophy and Communication) was from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I'm from Michigan originally. That's why I love San Francisco Bay Area weather.
As far as I know, my goal is to teach and write. What else can you do with a degree (Master's or Doctorate) in Theology (without being ordained)?
Like many of you, I am a "non-traditional aged student."
My plan is to go on for a Ph.D. and then to teach and research as a professor.
Good luck to everyone this semester!
65peregrinato Primeira Mensagem
I've collected a few graduate degrees. My first is in library science, and like a previous poster, it was my easiest and the one which has kept me employed, but in a non-traditional library field.
I also have degrees in Education & Human Development and most recently the M.T.S., with a focus on Spirituality.
I just finished applications for the PhD at Catholic University (in Spirituality) or the ThD at the University of Toronto (focus on history of spirituality). We'll see where things go from here...
I've only recently begun cataloguing my personal library via LT and ...yes I am geeking over the process.
I've enjoyed my experience at SFSU. The museum studies department is very small. They only take about 22 new students each year.
It is a bit odd sometimes being with younger students. They tend not to get some of my references. I forget that some of these students have never experienced a record player, 8 track, or went to school in the non-computer age.
Other than that, it has been good. My biggest shock was the difference between a public college and private school. I also got my bachelors late in life, went to Mount St. Mary's weekend college. So entirely different format. You went all day on the weekend. So attending class weekly for only an hour was different to me.
Hope this helps a bit, and again, sorry for the delay.
I'm just finishing up my MDiv and hope to graduate in May. It's been a haul, but I'm going to feel good when the time comes for hooding1
I hesitate to ask, but what are space studies??
Like astronomy? Physics?
So what is the TU like? I've heard good things about it....what tradition are you working with?
I'm finishing up my MDiv at a Quaker seminary, and used to think I'd continue on for a Ph.D. (I'm compulsive), but now have decided this is a terminal degree for me. I'm enjoying working in Pastoral Care and am ready to travel and enjoy life!
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Not in grad school anymore, but wanted to reply that I went back to school at age 38 (2nd BA, followed by MBA). Ended up having to take non-credit Excel course because I couldn't place out for either job experience or prior coursework. Then there was the school nurse who told me my 1966 "mumps shot" was out-of-range. I had her look again to read that was the date of diagnosis, and that I actually had the disease!
81TheBookBowery Primeira Mensagem
I'm all new here. I'm beginning work on my Masters of Integrated Studies with Athabasca University. It's exciting to be back learning all new stuff again - I've been teaching for 17 years and need a mental break. I'm also new to Librarything - wow! What a fabulous place this is!
You could have googled "space studies" and my department is the first link.
Space Studies is Space Studies. Space Studies includes: space life sciences, astrobiology, space history (including history of the space programs, history of astronomy), space business management, space policy and law, astronomy, planetary geology, aerospace engineering, satellite information processing, human performance in extreme environments, etc. My specialization is psychological stressors during long duration spaceflight.
We also apparently offer a class in cosmonaut training in affiliation with the Russian Space Agency. Our department is also affiliated with NASA, ESA, and one of the others and I think the fledgling Indian space agency. Many of our alums work for NASA.
I did somehow get accepted into a PhD program for Space and Planetary Sciences. That isn't that far off from space studies, just minus the space policy and law and history and human performance. It still isn't just astronomy though. I can't do math.
83asphaltjunkie Primeira Mensagem
By the way to celestria: Space Studies sounds like one of the coolest things ever! I have this fascination with space, but I was a terrible physics student, so that took any and all hope of me ever doing what you do out of the picture by the end of my junior year of high school.
Gotta say, I'm off to Amsterdam in a week to do some investigating; I am very disposed towards doing a research MA into my pet Greek poetry/drama subjects and working part-time as an English tutor in the city I love best in the world (narrowly behind London and Brighton)...
I was the ultimate in bad physics students. You don't need math or physics to do what I do at the masters level. Heck my undergrad was anthropology and medieval studies. I gave up on space my junior year of high school too, I'm not sure how I ended up doing this again.
MA was a very different experience to PhD! MA is much more guided (you learn, to a large extent, what others think you should be learning).
88afnewcastl Primeira Mensagem
I will be starting the M.A. program at New Mexico State University in May by taking part in the Kipp Ruins Graduate Field School. If all goes well, I will earn a Masters in Anthropology with a focus on Southwestern Anthropology and Archaeology.
My original goal was to go after the Ph.D., but after thinking through my goals of working in Cultural Resource preservation, and teaching, I realized that I could reach them satisfactorily with the M.A.; and I wouldn't have to remain in college for the rest of my natural life :)
As a side note, one of the reasons I chose a much smaller university for my graduate studies (my B.A. was earned at the University of Washington, Seattle) was to lessen the turmoil of having to deal with the politics and impersonal-ness of the large school.
91sapience14 Primeira Mensagem
I start the PhD program in English in the fall.
92iamwrappedupinbooks Primeira Mensagem
You know, I've been fighting with my supervisor over a subject for half a year, and now I picked something that was already subject of my midterm orals. Crazy world :)
@Sniv- congrats! I have not even started yet with a proper literature research.
I'll be writing an analysis and bibliography of the first library of Union College, which was purchased when the college was founded in 1795. Sort of an odd collection of books which tells a very interesting story about early American higher education, students' use of libraries, &c. I'm excited to work on it, I'm very ready to be done with my work for this term so I can get started!
Sniv, congrats indeed - what was your subject?
100archaeofreak Primeira Mensagem
I should apply for one in 3 years. For now, exams...CIS (stocbroker), ORACLE (my dad's idea), CFA (financial analyst).
May God have mercy on my soul.
106PierreAnoid Primeira Mensagem
Wow! I work in the public mental health sector and I have met many people with schizophrenia and I have to say that I am amazed at what you have accomplished!
I am getting my Masters in Social Work (MSW) then taking the licensing exam... eventually I will be an LCSW (licensed clinical social worker). I often ponder going all the way up to the PhD level... maybe even just a PsyD, but for now, I am stopping at M
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As for me, I work in a large public library in a major city on the east coast. Pay is great!
Love history, studying how to teach is interesting but can be tedious at times. Hope it all works out for me...especially since I beyond broke and have massive loans :) yay.
I have some friends that are studying at U of Stellenbosch. How do you like the program?
So, an MLIS, actually.
Ideally I want to collect an MA each in English Literature and anthropology, and then a Ph.D in one of those subjects (my two undergrad subjects).