By pitlers | January 29, 2010
This week was the first full week of classes. The madness has started! My week started with tutoring training. I learned that Canisius is in the process of being internationally certified. This includes both the center itself, as well as the tutors. It was a very informative four hours that educated the tutors on approaches to tutoring, as well as other issues like harassment and R.A.I.N. training. The following day I had my first tutoring shift. It was fairly slow but it was nice for a first day because it allowed me the time to familiarize myself with the office.
The official week started off Monday with my undergraduate admissions internship. I am still plugging away at ideas of videos to put on the Web site, as well as helping co-workers with the accepted student portal that will launch on Monday! I am grateful for the opportunity to work on such a big addition to what admissions has to offer undergraduate students.
On Monday, I, along with my fellow first year cohorters, had our first history and diversity classes. I studied history at my undergraduate institution so I was enthusiastic about learning more about the evolution of higher education. We started by examining ideas dating back to the early Greeks and moved forward from there. In diversity we took mock quizzes to see how much we know about issues involving diversity. One such quiz was on statistics and the results were shocking. Questions ranged from how gay and lesbian students are treated in the classroom to the amount of money a CEO makes compared to those that are not as privileged. Following that we analyzed the diversity episode from the show ‘The Office.” After classes on Monday, one of our cohorters decided to teach a pilates class. It was open to everyone at Canisius and it ended up being a great turnout of both undergradate and graduate students.
The following day we had our second Research Methods class. J.D., our professor, reminded us of what we went over last week and then we dove right into things touched on in our textbook. Our textbook is not an overly thrilling read so it helped to go over it and create examples to further explain topics discussed in the book.
This week I will also have my academic mentor training. I have already started emailing my mentees and I will be meeting with them in the near future. I am very excited to start this endeavor and begin helping students that are in need of some direction. I am hoping to form positive relationships with these students and be someone they can come to if they are in need of help, and also hope this experience can help me in my classes, as well as in the future.
While this was a fairly easy week for the first year cohoters, because we did not have any assignments due, it was not as easy for some of the second year cohorters. Those who chose not to work on theses projects are in the process of working through their comprehensive exams! Good luck to all the second year students!
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