Day in the Life of iSchool Student – Amy Wallace
Published: February 19, 2019 by Havilah Steinman
Our next Day in the Life series installment is here! Meet Amy Wallace, soon-to-be MLIS iSchool graduate! She is the head librarian at Bethany Christian Schools and hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Some of her favorite classes she completed while studying at the iSchool include Interpersonal Communication Skills, Marketing of Information Products and Reference Information Services. Wallace shared, “These classes really helped me to expand my idea of what it takes to be a librarian, as well as grow my confidence in my work. I know that these courses, specifically, have done a great deal to prepare me for my career.”
When I queried Wallace about aspects of student life at the iSchool she was involved in, she responded, “I have made friends with some of my group members through various class projects, and they have made all the difference! Working full-time as a private school librarian already greatly reduced the amount of extra-curricular time I had available, but having friends I could contact for help and support throughout the program has provided me a connection to the school akin to that of a study group or club.”
Wallace, now in the throws of the e-portfolio experience, commented, “I am now entering into my final semester, where all I have left to do is complete my e-portfolio! Thanks to some great professors that already had me on track to do this, I started this final semester with a few rough drafts of competencies to submit for feedback from my advisor. I am looking forward to April 15th, when my work will be complete, and my schedule will become significantly lighter!”
Amy Wallace’s Typical Day as an iSchool Student
Below, Wallaces takes us through a typical day as an iSchool student.
6:20 a.m. My alarm goes off and I’m up, getting ready for work! Due to the ridiculous traffic issues of living in Fort Lauderdale, I leave my apartment by 7:10 at the latest to ensure I’m at work on time.
7:55 a.m. I begin the work day at BCS, Ft. Lauderdale by working the drop-off line on the pre-school side. Nothing like adorable little toddlers running to hug you to start the day! :)
8:10 a.m.- 3:15 p.m. I go about my usual work duties (as librarian, I provide library time and lessons to the students from two years old up to 5th grade). I also teach research and study skills to the middle school students and am the reading resource teacher for the students that need extra assistance in improving their reading skills. Monday through Friday are booked pretty solid for the majority of the day!
3:30-4:30 p.m. I tutor students in reading after school (Monday – Wednesday, and Friday). These one-on-one reading times are an especially rewarding part of my day, and such a good note to end on!
5 p.m. My boyfriend (who is also working full-time and taking grad classes) and I have dinner after work on the days he doesn’t have evening classes, and we work together on our course assignments. While it’s tough sometimes, it’s actually been a rather nice/busy schedule to keep. Weekends are usually reserved for working on assignments, trips to the beach, or lounging by the pool.
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