Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Next Step

"Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing." Helen Keller,The Open Door,1957

This isn't my usual "Quote of the Week" post that I've done in the past. I started out with this quote because recently I've been feeling rather discouraged about starting graduate school. I have to say there have been numerous times I've felt like just throwing in the towel even though classes hadn't even started yet. So why the frustration? While I won't go into all the ins and outs now, it's been everything from the application process to financial aid.

While I'm still not feeling all that excited even today, this quote got me thinking. I found this quote by Helen Keller while working on one of September's book displays for the Shatford Library yesterday. I will admit I've thought about postponing or avoiding graduate school altogether during all the ups and downs these past few months. While thinking about Helen Keller's quote, it has made me realize that I should look on this experience as another adventure in my life and not worry so much about everything. Before everything finally came together, people around me kept telling me that it would all work out. How they were so sure when I was so doubtful is beyond me. But I'm thankful for the wonderful support group I do have that has helped me get through this preliminary time.

In a few days, I will be officially starting the next step as Mrs. Kim always referred to it in Library 104 as I begin classes in the brand-new University of North Texas/California State University, Northridge cohort program as one of fifty students.

Many have asked me to blog about my grad school experiences. You can follow my adventures as a graduate student in this library and information studies program by continuing to read this series, "The Next Step".


Toni said...

I think I need to heed that quote (-;

Anonymous said...

Hi there!!

I'm a beginning library student myself, and I stumbled upon your blog a few months ago! I think you're well-prepared to start the program- you have provided much insight to me, and I know you'll be valuable to your classmates!


Margo B.

Evelyn said...

Hi Margo,

Thanks for your kind words! It's much appreciated. Good luck on your studies as well! Feel free to contact me directly if you'd like by e-mail (

And last but not least, thanks for reading!

With regards,


Gena said...

Part of the journey my dear. I'm glad you are taking this step forward.

You are our pathfinder.

Besides I may need to call on you when I get my act together to start the next session. It is a goal but the $$$ is a factor.

In any case blessing and please keep us in the loop.