In some ways (ok, in many ways), I feel like I have been going to school forever. It is difficult to remember my life when I didn’t have school – when I had free time. I do know that it hasn’t been forever. After all, I took my first class in the MLS program at Southern in the Fall of 2005. So, I have been making decent progress in completing the program. I’ve been aware that I have been getting close to the end. However, two things occurred this week that brought home how close I am to the end.
First, I received my grade for my fall class, ILS519 – Collection Development. In response to the email from the professor, I took time to thank her for this class – and two others that I have taken with her. I figured this would be a good time because it would be the last class that I will take with her. She sent me a wonderful reply with some incredibly kind comments. I was a bit sad that I wouldn’t be able to take another class with her.
The second thing was that I payed my last tuition bill. WOOO HOOOO!!!! (Note: I haven’t really paid it off yet because I paid the bill with my credit card. But, the end is in sight) This was extremely satisfying – especially since I have been paying for the degree out of my own pocket. I just added it up – a meager $17,045.00 for a distance MLS degree. And, that is quite inexpensive when compared to tuition at other schools!!
Now, I have one class to finish – and the other graduation requirements to complete: an eportfolio which includes a resume, information about important core concepts learned in the program, links to one’s best work and one’s capstone project. I will be doing the project in ILS680-Evaluation and Research during the Spring of 2008. I’m planning to work on the eportfolio stuff over break. We will see how that works out.
So, the end is in sight. If everything goes accordingly, I should graduate in May of 2008. I’m a bit in awe because it doesn’t seem possible. I’m feeling a bit sad because although I need to be done so that I can get back to my life, the experiencing has been enriching in many ways. I’m also nervous because I expect this semester to be the most challenging of the program. The nicest part is that the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter.