Last Sunday, I submitted my 20 page research paper and concluded 1 year of Graduate School in Educational Psychology. It was a challenging but intellectually fun year. The start of the program was honestly intimidating because I couldn’t really fathom the American accent all that well, knew nothing about the discipline of educational psychology, knew nothing much about the educational system in the US, and frankly forgot what it was like going back to school again. However, the year has been very enriching, not only in terms of learning something new and making new friends but more importantly growing as a person. I’m still not so sure what I want to do after I graduate, but I’m not going to be a teacher in a public school in NY, that I know for sure. Ideally, I want to find something in a non profit, or perhaps if I dare say, start up something on my own. Back in my youth, I had dreams of starting a play school. I even had a name for it, “Oinkers Play School”, with little baby pigs as my mascot. The hubby said it will never fly because its too cutesy for America, but hey! Dreams are free and unrestrictive!
The most important lesson I’ve learnt so far, from a particular classmate of mine, actually is to just DIVE DEEP into what you’re currently doing. He’s like a machine really, he figuratively BULLDOZES into this program and runs over all distractors in his sight. I guess what I’m attempting to say poetically, but failing miserably is that he puts his heart and soul into the program and just does it extremely well. I think that in order for me to succeed, I need to put away the stresses of what’s next and just bury myself headlong into what I’m learning and then it will come to me. Not the other way around.
I really like my classmates, they are all very nice, faultlessly polite, fun and very driven to succeed. Some of them are big smarty pants too and I like being in an environment where I can learn from smart people! Someone once said, always attempt to be the dumbest person in the room, that is when you can learn the most!
I’ve got about a 1.5 years to go before graduation, hopefully they will offer the programs that I’m interested in within the next 3 semesters. I really want to take cognitive technology and early childhood development. Maybe my ‘Oinkers Playschool’ will be equipped with learning Ipads and state of the art technology. Honestly tho, I’m undecided about the use of technology in learning, its all in the rage right now and I use it a ton, but so much has not been researched in this area that I worry of the possible future repercussions. But maybe, I worry too much. Kids in the future will
probably have self driving cars and their lives will probably be surrounded by technology, more so that I will have been. It’s funny how every generation, holds on to a part of the past that they grew up with and is slightly apprehensive of the future.
That is why, it is essential that I take this module in Cognitive Technology. I’m probably willing to delay my graduation for it. YAY, one more semester of graduate school. I want to be an eternal student (in some ways), will be cool if I can do a Masters in Early Childhood Education after this. Who knows?