Part life update, part stream of consciousness. Let’s see how this goes.
My last semester of college is over! Well, I still have three papers to write and hand in next week. But, besides those papers, my last semester of college is over! Next, I am going to be finishing my last two years of a Bachelor of Social Work! I have already heard back from one program but I am kind of waiting for one more. Here are quick pros and cons of each program. I won’t write which schools exactly because I don’t know which one I am picking yet
PROGRAM #1 The Big One
- I am already accepted! (And only 60 out of 150 applicants were #braggingalittleTBH)
- Prestigious (maybe even known globally?) school
- Great connections to local organizations for practicum placements.
- The program is totally done in 2 years (including practicum, with some courses in summers)
- More expensive (tuition, fees, parking… literally everything is more expensive).
- Perhaps more ‘institutional’ and less ‘First Nations’
- Less flexible school times (daytime, weekdays), meaning I likely cannot keep my current job, or maybe work in general.
- Farther from my home
PROGRAM #2 The Satellite School
- The program is hosted at my current college (my comfort zone, parking/gas/transit expenses will stay the same)
- Tuition is less expensive than program #1
- Offers ‘First Nations’ as specialization
- Courses are in the evenings, on weekends and online (more flexibility and I can probably still keep my job)
- I still do not know if I will be accepted
- Although the university program is old, this satellite program has only had 2 graduating classes so far. Fewer connections to local organizations for placements
- In my experience, I have not done well academically in night/online courses.
- The program is 2.5 years (including practicum, and some courses during summers).
***EDIT: After actually looking into it, tuition and fees are nearly the same at both schools (one has higher tuition, the other has higher student fees). But my comments about parking/distance still applies as far as costs go.
If you couldn’t tell already I am very conflicted. I was not even trying to make all of the pros and cons lists equal but that is how they ended up. Based on what I’ve written here if you were accepted to both programs which would you choose?
So, for the last month and a half of this semester, I was attending school full time while working 6 days a week and it nearly killed me! My usual schedule was working a ‘before school’ shift every morning, going to my own classes, and then three days a week rushing back to my work to work an ‘after school’ shift. Also, working all day on Saturdays at the Aboriginal community centre. Safe to say I was overworked and stressed out for these last few weeks.
All of the extra work at the daycares was because of a staffing issue. They finally hired somebody to fill that position just as my semester was ending… so she was finishing her training during my last week of classes, just in time for her to take these extra hours off my back when I can actually use the hours!
On the bittersweet side, one of my coworkers who I have worked with the longest has found a new opportunity. Of course, I am sad to see her go and the kids are sad as well. However, her normal position is working as a one-to-one support for a child in our centre. Because I am the only one who A.) has full availability and B.) has worked one to one with this child before I am going to take over for her. So, I am sad to see her go, yet happy to get the opportunity to work with this really cool kid!
I still have one dilemma though. I am still working 6 days a week, which is honestly not my ideal situation even when I am not in school. Although, I may seem to be complaining too much because despite working 6 days a week my work is still just under full-time hours. The nature of this child’s needs means that I cannot only work 4 days at the daycare. However, I do not want to give up the Saturdays at the community centre either because I love it a lot. I suppose I can manage from now until July when everything changes again because summer programming starts.
Things have been stressful at home too. I do not want to get into too much detail here but there has been some drama with my younger siblings and some all-night emergency room visits. Also, my grandma is crazy and coming back from her annual trip to Arizona soon so that is weighing on me a little.
My main goal for this summer is to read for my own pleasure again! I have a huge list of books that I want to read but never have time to during the school year. Hopefully, I will be able to knock a few of those off my list before school starts again in September.
Also! I want to have some more time for art! Finally, finish the art request that my aunt submitted months ago (it’s a multi-piece project that I keep putting off because of school and work) and do some more art for myself.
If you’ve made it this far congrats! Thanks for reading. Feel free to comment down below and chat to me about anything and everything! I have a lot more time to reply now! Well… a little more time anyway.