Student Sarah Robinson: Life’s Transitions and Transformations

I’ve been working outside my home culture for a while. I am back now, but feeling a little uneasy. How do I know if I’m ready for graduate school? Where can I find meaningful and engaging professional development? Why should I come to SIT (and not a less expensive MA in Teaching closer to home)?

Responding to a note that posed a braid of such frequently asked questions, student Sarah Robinson reflects on her own decision-making and subsequent experience. She is currently at work on her final project, a portfolio of her teaching and learning competencies.

Hi _____ – thanks for the email! Ah, the beauties of transition periods…you gotta just love it (or not!). It’s funny because adjustments/transitions from living in different areas are topics that are frequently discussed here at school, since the student body at-large has significant international experience. One of my close friends here in the MAT program has discussed the same concerns to me lately, because she has lived in so many different countries in such a short period of time. Transitioning is always a tricky process. Many of my classmates came to SIT directly from various countries overseas where they were living and working, and one person comes to mind in particular who came over directly from living in Japan for about five years. He was really surprised at how easy the transition was when he arrived at school here because much of the student body at this school is in the same boat 😉 It’s been really great to have such a diverse group of individuals to be around and learn with over the past year.

It was really interesting to read your e-mail actually, because I decided to go to a graduate school close to home (North Carolina) before I came here. I had just moved back home after being away for a few years and I just wanted to be in one spot. The school had a master’s program in TESOL, was definitely cheaper than SIT, and was about 40 minutes from my house so I was able to commute. I went there for a semester and was so disappointed and uninspired that I actually started looking at SIT again after that and knew that if I was going to put in the effort to go to grad school, that I wanted to get more out of it. Plus, I felt kind of out of place at that university because there was hardly any diversity in my classes and a lot of my classmates were only getting a masters because they wanted to get paid more money – not because they were really passionate about their work or making a difference in other people’s lives. I was kicking myself after a semester of study there because I could’ve saved that money! LOL… yes, I’m still bitter 😉 But anyway, I think I know how you feel. And I’ve been so pleased here, so it was all worth it I guess 😉 I wouldn’t trade my experience here for anything. That’s why I was really happy to email prospective students. I know the decision-making process is a toughie!

If you need anything or if I can help you in any way or answer any questions, please feel free to email me! I love talking about this place! I’ve never been anywhere like it!

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One Response to “Student Sarah Robinson: Life’s Transitions and Transformations”

  1. Maritza Nieto Says:

    Hello! I decided to reply to this entry because I really feel represented for your words…I am a Chilean ESL Teacher and I have been trying to find a good place in the United States to go for a master´s degree in Tesol…then I found the SIT webpage some time ago and I have learnt that it is a great institute for teachers like me….I would really appreciate if you could share with me your experience more in detail ….thanks!!!

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