Every Warner School student is different. Some students are already established in their field and are attending school to gain an additional certification; some are changing fields; some are just starting out on their career path. In my first class I realized there were students who might be rushing in from work, some fresh from their undergraduate studies, and others who might be bolting out the door at the end of class in order to tuck their kids in to bed. So, while the following may be a typical day in my life as a graduate student, it is most definitely not the typical day of every graduate student.
8:20am – Plan on leaving for work.
8:25am – Actually leave for work. Halfway downstairs, remember my lunch is on the counter. Turn around, pick up lunch.
8:26am – Actually leave for work, again.
8:58am – Hear the campus bells ringing on the hour. Are they early, or am I late?
9:00am – Arrive for work as the Graduate Assistant at the Warner Admissions Office. I contact prospective students and work on my blog, among other things.
2:00pm – Leave work and head to the Graduate Study room in the library to do some reading on counseling skills and theory. I go to sit in my favorite carrel and am about to sit in a stranger’s lap when I realize someone else is already studying here. Scope out the room, pick out another study space.
3:45pm – Take a nice walk out to the mythical Park Lot (I say mythical because it took me a week to find it, so I didn’t believe it really existed. Sometimes when I am walking, and still walking, and walking some more, I start to doubt its existence again).
5:30pm – Finally arrive at Park Lot. Just kidding.
4:00pm – Actually arrive at Park Lot. Feels like 5:30 though! Move my car closer on campus because I’m allowed to after 4pm, and it’s nice not to have to walk out there after class (although if I do, I could always take the campus shuttle or catch a ride with a classmate).
4:10pm – Get coffee before heading to class.
4:50pm – Class (Theory and Practice I) starts! We spend part of class discussing the theory and readings for the week, and part of the class practicing our counseling skills or observing and critiquing our videotaped, practice counseling sessions.
7:30pm – Break in class. Go upstairs for a change of scenery and my second class of the evening, Principles and Practices of Mental Health Counseling. In this class we learn about the profession and all that goes with it. So far we’ve had discussions on the history of counseling, the publication process, and how licensure works, to name a few.
10:15pm – Class ends. Pack up my notebook, get out a raincoat if necessary (this is Rochester after all! Best to be prepared).
10:18pm – Walk out with friends from class. I like getting out of class at night and knowing that everyone else who is walking to their car is in the same boat as me. End of class, end of the work/school day for these grad students.