#HLSDITL: From Applicant to Student

Kimi & SebI am so excited! Hack Library School is organizing the second round of their “Day in the Life” series. Next week, October 28 – November 1, library school students from around the world will come together to share what Library (school) Land is really like. The last time #HLSDITL took place, I was still a prospective library school student (like Kimi). I had only the faintest idea as to how much my life would change for the better. I still have to pinch myself that yes, I am a library school student, and it’s even more awesome than I’d imagined (like Seb).

The first round of #HLSDITL took place from March 4-8 earlier this year. At that time, I had been accepted all three of the MLIS programs I applied to: The Catholic University of America‘s School of Library and Information Science, Pratt Institute‘s School of Information and Library Science, and the University of Maryland‘s College of Information Studies (iSchool) in College Park. I had already decided against attending Pratt, and while I was 99% sure that I was going to attend CUA, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t finalize my decision until I visited both schools in mid-March.

#HLSDITL is great way to get an idea of what the average library school student experience is like. Last March, I got to read about the experiences of two CUA students (Christian and Becky) as well a student from UMD (Evelyn).  The next week, I visited both UMD & CUA, and on my last day of campus visits, I paid my enrollment deposit at CUA. I had a great time during my visit to CUA, and in a strange coincidence, ended up sitting next to Christian’s sister, Alyse, in a class (unbeknownst at the time). Now, seven months later, I couldn’t be happier to be a CUA student and employee!

By participating in #HLSDITL, I hope to give other prospective CUA students a glimpse at what library school is really like, and how rewarding my brief time at CUA has been. If you’re reading this and thinking about coming to CUALIS, please feel free to reach out and contact me. I’ll also be following the #HLSDITL tweets and blogs of my fellow CUA students, Becky and Raymond. I’m hoping that a few more CUALIS-ers will choose to take part in #HLSDITL and share their experiences with the world. To participate, add yourself to Hack Library School’s wiki page and start sharing!


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