I too have been looking forward to taking a class with Dr. Stephens. From viewing his lectures in other classes, and hearing about him from other students, he obviously knows and loves his subject and approaches it with enthusiasm and realness. As I’ve mentioned in other intros, I am considering a switch to MARA, a decision which I will make after this semester comes to a close. I don’t have enough information, really, about either side of the Information Science coin yet to really know, but I will know which is more aligned with my career goals once I have a few more classes under my belt.
My BA from 20 years ago was in English Literature because I knew going in that I wanted to be an English teacher, which I did do for three years. After that, I moved to alternative education, where I played many roles supporting juvenile court and community school students throughout California. For a variety of reasons, I decided to take a leave for a year, to travel and consider what my next career path would be. The field of court schools can be all-encompassing and intense, so I knew I couldn’t see the next path clearly while I was entrenched in my work.
Fast-forward to now, this is my second semester in the program. Going into the MLIS, I knew that I wanted to work with the arts, artists, and/or a cultural organization in some way. My dream job would be to work for UNESCO. I’m interested in working internationally and would like to try for either Paris (where UNESCO is), Berlin (where Tactical Tech is), or in Amsterdam (which is museum-central). I don’t think I even considered a public library, but I am open to anything. Where I live now they have “Mediatheques” which are very cool multi-use spaces. My favorite one nearby has regular library sections, and they also offer workshops, a large art gallery, and just across the path, a mid-sized performing arts center, which has a cafe/restaurant attached to it. There is also outside green space and a park for the littles.
Looking forward to meeting and learning from each of you!