Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Capstone Experience

In less than a week, I will be starting my final semester of Graduate School!!! I am taking classes online through the University of North Texas, and have actually loved (almost) every minute of it.

I have been trying to get through the program as fast as I can. Some people called me crazy when I took three classes while I worked full time and planned my wedding last fall. Maybe I was, but because I have been working my ass off, I will be able to graduate this December!! WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Just think - I will have my Masters degree in Library and Information Science! I'm going to be a REAL LIBRARIAN!!!

I don't have to write a thesis or a dissertation or anything like that. My 'last step' before graduation is called 'Capstone.' I have to write three major essays 'designed to synthesize knowledge from my coursework and educational experience.' And I have one week to do it. And this is in addition to the two classes I am taking.

I'm a little nervous about this. For one, I am not a fabulous essay writer. And these essays are going to be graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. If ONE of the three essays is rated unsatisfactory, I fail. Yikes.

The other reason that I am nervous about this is because of the 'Capstoners' before me. I have talked to other students who took Capstone in previous semesters and asked them how it went, if they have any advice or whatever they can tell me. Apparently Capstoners are sworn to secrecy because the ONLY thing they have told me is...

"They don't call it the Capstone Experience for nothing."

Great.

I just registered for Capstone this morning. My Experience will happen the week of September 17-24.

OMG - that starts in less than a month.

4 comments:

Amanda said...

GL dahling! you can do it :))))

RACHEL said...

OMG...I remember when you were just getting accepted and embarking on this big adventure, KS! My how time flies!

Rach said...

KMac
I'm right behind you baby. It's me next semester, but I so wanted to graduate before I turned 30!!

Sunny Lea said...

Holy....! I mean, I *am* really good at writing essays (I wasn't an English major for nuttin') and that idea scares the hooey outta me.

Maybe I'll just stick with library associate after all. ;)

Seriously, though? You can do this. If you can work, wedding plan, and take three classes, then you can definitely do this.