Friday, December 9, 2011

Starting my Master's degree at Walden University

After a long and often arduous journey through the psychology program at the University of Phoenix, I decided to embark upon the next part of my academic pursuits at Walden University.  I chose Walden because it is one of the few universities offering an online CACREP-accredited program.  This is, as you probably know, an important choice to make if your goals include gaining licensure for mental health counseling.   This was my first week at Walden.

I would love to tell you that I approach this next phase of my education without trepidation, although my honest feeling is that the University of Phoenix did not adequately prepare me for making my way comfortably amidst authentically intelligent, serious graduate students.  The formulaic approach, lack of challenge, lackluster discussions, and the impractical and unrealistic venture into collaborative practice called team assignments were some of the components to that particular online education that made the journey arduous. 

In my new educational venue, I feel spastic and somewhat nervous that I won't find my way around the new website, library, and classroom discussions.  I will say the University of Phoenix library is spectacular and at this time, seems more easily navigable than my new university library.  I am, however, well aware of the constraints of new places, so stay tuned for the rest of the story!

I am interested in your plans after graduation.  Please email me and let me know.

Thanks for reading.

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