Back to School

I hope everyone is aware that school starts this week. It came as a shock to me when, after a summer of procrastination, I checked my schedule last Friday to learn that my first class is on September 1st at 8:30 am. So long sweet sleep-ins!

New MLIS students will be getting a taste* of the Education Building and SIS life tomorrow as they attend the first Orientation Day. Good luck future librarians! (Maybe don’t read this McSweeney’s article if you’re nervous about heading down the library career path.) Old MLIS students who want to get involved in Orientation might be too late! But should definitely check with Alexis McKenzie to see how they can help out. Email her at alexis.mckenzie@mail.mcgill.ca.

ALL MLIS students should get involved with the Student Mentorship Program. It’s a great way to meet people and share library school information informally. I didn’t sign up last year and I really regretted it. But not this year, guys. This year I’m shooting for the Mentor Moon. See you there? Email Valerie Medzalabanleth at valerie.medzalabanleth@mail.mcgill.ca for more information.

And, of course, if anyone wants to get involved with the blog, please email ME at emily.upper@mail.mcgill.ca. I would lurve to hear what y’all have been up to this summer. Except for you, Les. You’ve had your 15 minutes.

*Pizza lunch.

3 responses to “Back to School”

  1. Alexis McKenzie says:

    I love your posts. <3

  2. Wayne Pender says:

    In my first year I took part in the Mentorship Program. It really helped to talk to a second-year student in my stream. I felt anxious about the stream selection that I had made and it was great to talk to someone who had gone through the anxiousness and finished the first year with a good feeling about the program.

    I would definitely recommend the Student Mentorship Program as well as the Professional Partnership Program. I urge first-year students to take advantage of the experience of second-year students and professionals who are willing and eager to share, whether through these programs or just seeking out second-years to have a chat!

  3. Emily Upper says:

    Shamefully, I didn’t sign up for either program last year. I was definitely nervous about library school and didn’t really know what I could handle or what I was doing. The thing that I quickly realized, though, is that most other students are in the same boat. The realization that was a little longer coming was that library school is really what you make of it. Let’s be honest, some of the classes can be a drag. This year, I’m making an effort to be more involved in extracurricular activities because, even if the experiences don’t necessarily count towards my degree, they lend a huge helping hand to my overall library school education. And, not least of all, my resume.

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