Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Wind Beneath My Wings

I'd like to use this post to give a heart-felt "thank you" to the faculty and staff of USM. Their patience, dedication, and passion have inspired me beyond measure.

This semester, I attempted 18 hours in the LIS program. To be completely honest, when I first saw the syllabi for some of these courses, there is only one word to describe the feeling: overwhelmed. However, week to week, I am able to complete assignments and thus far, have achieved more than I ever dreamed I was capable. I'd like to thank my teachers for pushing me beyond the limits I had apparently set for myself. You encourage me to try harder and help me to strive for goals I never thought I would reach. The education you offer is exceptional; I have been able to apply my learnings in my chosen career to provide better service. The confidence you inspire is priceless.

Southern Miss to the Top!

USM offers a great variety of courses and degree programs to serve a diversity of students. In some cases, it is the only university in the state of MS to offer a particular degree. For example, USM is the only university to offer a master's degree in library science. It is also a leader is providing quality education in other fields, such as polymer science.

USM offers a variety of different groups or organizations. There is never a reason for a student to feel that he/she doesn't belong with so much to get involved in.

USM is a great school to attend whether you're just starting out on your chosen career path or returning for further education.

Going the distance

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Have you ever dreamed of returning to school, yet found that you just don't have the time? Then USM's distance learning program may be just for you!

USM has an excellent distance learning program. They offer a variety of degrees where most, if not all, of the classes are offered strictly in on-line classroom settings. Some programs, such as the MLIS degree, is offered fully online. That means never having to drive to campus! This is an ideal situation for those who have families to provide for, a full-time job, or just can't afford a commute. I love that USM offers such extensive education options in this rushed society we live in.

The sky is the limit when you soar as an eagle!

Golden silence
Not all students are the same. The Cook Library prepares for this by offering a variety of great services. In addition to the multitude of items in their collection, they also offer an interlibrary loan system to locate materials not found in their stacks.

The Cook Library understands that different students learn through different methods. That's why they have places set up for group study or individual study. However, they also provide a service that I find incomparable to any other: silent study. The fifth floor of the Cook Library is designated as a no-talking area. This provides a quiet place for those who need to get away from the chaos of every-day life and focus on their studies. I am a frequent guest of the fifth floor and can't thank the Cook Library enough for offering this service for those like me who just need some alone time to prepare.