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I Applied to Library School…GULP!

Submitted by Shana on March 29, 2010 – 1:22 amComments
I made a choice this week- a big choice.  ‘Wahoo!’ for me, right?  Honestly, I’m not so sure, but I decided I have to start figuring out what I want to do for the rest of my life.

So, what’s the big decision?  I decided to finally get my Masters in Library Science.  Why did it take me almost three years after graduating from college to finally bite the bullet?

Well, to be honest, I’m not quite sure how I ended up being a librarian.  I’m still not 100% sure if I want to work in libraries for the rest of my life.  Working in the local library was just supposed to be a high school job- a nice place to work that didn’t involve fast food or stocking shelves at the grocery store (admirable pursuits, but not for me for many reasons). I ended up attending the local university in my hometown in Pennsylvania and it seemed silly to switch to another job when I was making decent money at my current one. 

College graduation came and went in May 2007.  I was still working at the local library because I could not find a job in my chosen field to save my life.  By the time I had been looking for a job for six months, I gave in to a suggestion from a co-worker to check out library jobs in the New York City area.  Her logic was sound- did it really matter where I worked as long as I was in the city where I wanted to be?  I applied for a job at a medical library.  It was not quite the right fit for me, but I was offered a branch manager position instead.  The only catch was that the location was in a forest roughly 40 miles from NYC. However, who wouldn’t want to be a library branch manager for a major New York City medical school at the ripe-old age of 22?  Only an idiot.  I took it.

Now, here I sit, over two years later and I’ve finally made the decision to go to grad school.  It was a tough choice to make and I have to admit that I said to myself, ‘Maybe it’s time to just get it done and over with.’  Is this the right decision for me?  I guess we’ll see how I feel when I discover whether I was accepted or not.  Right now, though, I have to admit that I’m fighting the urge to pack up my car with my books and my pit bull and hit the road.  Ah, choices.

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