Hey everyone! As my first semester here at the Warner school nears its end, I wanted to take a second to look back at the experience. Actually, I am just taking a break from writing all of my final papers that are due in the upcoming weeks!
My experience at Warner during my first semester has been great. The classes were all small enough that I really felt like I was a part of every discussion. It was very interesting to see how my views and opinions on topics compared to others in the classes who had very different backgrounds than I did. The professors really encouraged debate as well, because it got all of the students thinking and involved. I really enjoyed this style of learning because often times in undergraduate school, classes are so large that it isn’t feasible to have group discussions in class. The Warner school offered me the opportunity to really learn through interaction with my classmates as well as my professors.
I also really enjoyed the student presentations. Most of my classes had a different student presenter each week. This really fostered learning because I believe sometimes students can better relate to a topic when another student is the one delivering the information. The professors were always there to add content to the presentation, but for the most part all of the presentations were very comprehensive and understandable.
One aspect of the Warner school that did take some getting used to, and I am sure this is true of most graduate programs is the work load. I cannot even remember the last time I did so much reading! Lots and lots of reading and writing. As I mentioned earlier I have final papers to write for all of my classes. This was a change for me because often times in the past, my undergraduate classes would all culminate with an exam. Well after one semester at Warner, I quickly learned that I had better be up to the reading and writing challenge.
Another interesting aspect of my Warner experience this semester was the snack! Who knew that you would get fed going to class?! Having a late class at Warner can definitely have its benefits after seeing some of the snacks that were brought to class. It seemed as if each week they got bigger and better. What started off the semester as crackers and cheese ended as sheet pizzas and Chinese food! Now that is something I could really get used to!
Overall, I must say that I have really enjoyed the start to my graduate school career. The classes have been interesting and engaging and offer a learning environment that as a student you really feel like you are a part of, rather than just an object in a desk that is getting lectured to. While the work can be a little overwhelming sometimes, the professors are always there to help you out and make sure that you are enjoying your experience. Speaking of which, I should probably get back to writing those papers!