Transitioning from Undergraduate to Graduate

Transitioning from Undergraduate to Graduate

The past couple of months have been a whirlwind. From finishing up my teacher certification exams, to saying goodbye to my student teaching kiddos, to graduating from my undergraduate career… everything that was happening was BIG news! The time was stressful, exciting, and maybe a bit overwhelming. However, and most importantly, the end of the year signaled the start of my transition from an undergraduate to a graduate student.

Usually not one for change, I had been mentally preparing for my educational career shift. With this transition, I am looking forward to a different schedule that will be my new “normal” for the next two years. After registering for classes, I immediately noticed that my days would now be free and my nights would be occupied with my graduate courses. Since many professionals working on their master’s degree are working in their fields, the 4:05 start time for classes allows the working world to continue to advance their careers with nighttime course offerings. Now a member of this demographic, I have many new options that I did not experience as an undergraduate.

I am excited to begin my master’s program by working as a graduate assistant in the College of Education. In addition to balancing my duties in the grad office, successfully finishing up all of my teaching certification exams, I have also applied and have been hired as a substitute teacher. In the fall, I will have to opportunity to work within my field as a substitute during the day and continue to work on my master’s courses at night. What an incredible feeling to finally be able to put all of my educational and professional training into practice!

As I take this next step in my educational career, I am able to reflect and begin to think about where I see myself fitting into the teaching field. Graduate school will offer a different pace that comes with many new opportunities and responsibilities! I am so excited and so ready to begin this new chapter of my professional career!