Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Getting started

Greetings and welcome to my blog! My name is Erin Carey and I am a new DL student at Syracuse University. I hope to chronicle my experience at SU and my journey as I work to complete my Master's Degree as a Library Media Specialist.

While I am excited to start this new chapter of my life I am also very nervous. I never thought that I would be going back to school at this stage of my life. Life has a way of throwing you curve balls. When I graduated from college I had a degree in History with some Secondary Education requirements. So what did I do with that you ask? I promptly went to work as a Manager for Wegmans Food Markets in the Deli/Prepared Foods dept. While there, I learned and experienced a lot. Most of my experiences that I will be drawing on will be based on the things that I learned while working at Wegmans. When it came time to have my children I decided to stay home to raise them. I have two amazing kids who make my life very entertaining! They are 9 and 7. I returned back to the workforce when my youngest child was 5. When I decided to return to work I knew that I wanted to do something different than before. I also wanted to be home when my kids were home. When I had gone to college I had thought of Education but it didn't work out. When my daughter started school I became heavily involved as a parent volunteer, and realized this is where my passion truely was. I began investigating opportunities within the school district and found that the best fit for me was as a Teaching Assistant. I didn't set out to work in the Library nor was I given a choice of where or what I wanted to do. So I feel very lucky to have gotten this position as a Teaching Assistant in the Library. I love my job!! I love going to work and working with the students. I work at the high school level and find that my job is very rewarding. The librarian that I work with is also a graduate of SU and has really encouraged me to go back to school to get my Master' SU of course.

The Library is a perfect fit for me, it brings together all of my passions. I feel very blessed to have this opportunity to further my education and career. And I am looking forward to sharing this journey with you.