So four weeks have passed since my first class at the UWO (University of Western Ontario) MLIS (Masters in Library and Information Sciences) program and a few words of wisdom for those who may be starting the program. First of all, don’t let the pace of the program get you down; four weeks in and already I’m feeling like its passing me by, take the experience in stride one week at a time. The program may seem overwhelming but if you just take it on a weekly basis you’ll find that managing the assignments and readings is much easier than trying to think too far ahead. Second piece of advice is to keep ontop of things. Though I say ‘don’t think too far ahead’, I also have to stress that you don’t wait for the last minute to do things. Take early assignments if you can, and get them done when they are assigned to you. I’ve heard tales of people waiting till the end of the term and thats when things begin to get hectic.
Another thought: Ask for help. I have found that this program is unlike most programs people have done throughout their university career. The assignments are practical and short, though they can sometimes be time consuming. I was lost on one of my assignments and so were a few others, so what I did was booked an appointment with the TA to go over what exactly I was doing, This has saved me time and frustration, if you don’t get the help you need now you will be left for dead and will find yourself struggling for the rest of the term.
Four weeks and already I am discovering alot about myself and others. Enough so to make the attempt to write a blog about it.