Today marks my one week anniversary back in my favorite city! It’s been a fabulous week full of catching up with old friends, making many new ones, and rediscovering this island with which I’m oh so in love.
As you know, the first Monday of classes was cancelled due to Hurricane Irene, so my first day of courses took place on Thursday, which includes Human Behavior and the Social Environment I, Generalist Social Work Practice, and Social Work Practice in Research I. I’m already in love after one short day of courses! My professors seem amazing and engaging, and my classmates, overall, are a treat. I look forward to getting to know them all more as the semester wears on.
The thing that worries me most is the unbelievably large amount of reading assignments we have. Since it’s the first week, and since we had Monday off (again!) for Labor Day holidays, I’m making the effort to read all 1000+ pages -seriously- of assigned materials to make sure I’m starting off on a good food. The good news is, a lot of the readings are from different sources but on the same topic, so I feel comfortable skimming definitions and concepts I had previously just read in our course textbook.
I have been assured by those who have gone before me in this crazy world of Social Work graduate school that I’ll figure out which readings are more important than others in which class, and that it won’t seem quite so daunting as the semester progresses and I become more acquainted with each of my professors’ methods.
For now, I just completed the last of my Research reading, so it’s onto Human Rights and Social Justice for Monday. Five separate required reading assignments for this course; wish me luck!
- 7th September