As some of you may know, I recently graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with my Master of Education degree in Educational Technology and Design. I completed my program online while also working full time as an educator. Completing this degree was an excellent opportunity for ongoing learning and professional growth (two important priorities for me). Are you wondering what it was like to be a graduate student and full-time educator? Well, here are my true confessions….
I actually like reading research
Yep, that might sound weird, but I grew to enjoy reading and analyzing research. As an educator, I seldom prioritized research and reading scholarly articles. As a graduate student, it was part of my regular routine. I found it interesting to read research that supported my beliefs and practices as an educator. It was also helpful to read research that challenged my beliefs and stretched my thinking. I also found that reading research helped me develop myself as an educator. I was working in a new job as the LwICT Teacher Leader (technology coach) for my school division while completing my studies, so I also learned a lot about best practices in this field and was able to directly apply my knowledge to my daily work.
I haven’t done dishes in 3 years
Yikes right?! This isn’t an exaggeration. It *might* actually be an understatement. My husband would probably tell you that he was unaware that our marriage vows included a clause about him doing our dishes ’til death do us part. I hate doing dishes (and most housework) and, to be honest, I wasn’t really great at helping out before I started my studies, but that’s not really my point. My point is that when focusing so deeply on my career and my studies, I seldom made time to do everyday tasks like dishes, laundry or cleaning. Completing a masters degree while working full time requires serious prioritization of tasks. I’m lucky to have a partner that picked up the slack while I was hyper-focused on research, reading, writing and teaching. If you’re considering a master’s degree, consider budgeting for a housekeeper too (or at the very minimum, negotiate a deal with your partner/spouse/roommate!)
I didn’t do this alone
As you may have gathered from my previous confession, I didn’t tackle this feat on my own. I am so fortunate so have the support of my husband, family and friends. Whether it was housework or errands, proofreading or discussion about my work, calming conversations or pep talks, my people had my back. I will also note that everyone was incredibly accepting of the fact that my time was limited and that I didn’t always get to spend as much time with people as I would’ve liked. I am so grateful to be surrounded by a strong support system. I couldn’t have done it without them.