A few months before I began my first summer term at Bank Street, I attended an admitted students event that the graduate admissions office held. It was a great opportunity to meet other people new to Bank Street. I’m glad that such events are held, because they give you a chance to make some acquaintances before your first class.
When I walked into the room where it was held, and applied my name tag, everyone was already excitedly chatting in little groups. Refreshments were available and there were perhaps twenty people there. I remember pausing to look at the literature I was handed, and while perusing it, a lovely person came over to me who had noticed from my name tag that we would be in the same program. She is someone in my cohort now, and is a welcome warm presence every week.
I met another person from my cohort that day who I was able to chat with and learned that he had a similar experience working with preschoolers before coming to Bank Street. He turned out to be an interesting presence in my cohort, and I think we’ve taught each other a lot. In many ways we are opposites – he is very vocal and able to hold the spotlight, whereas I, while not shy about sharing my thoughts, tend to be more of a listener and observer. One of my professors noted that there is potential in this difference, and despite challenges that have occasionally arisen from trying to learn together, I agree with her, and I’m glad we’re in the same cohort.
That same day, I registered, in person and it was quite easy. I felt very confident in the advice I was given by my advisor, and appreciated that she knew my background and used that information to plan what would make the most sense for the structure of my courses. For instance, since I already had classroom experience, I was able to do my student teaching in my first year, whereas many students don’t do fieldwork until their second.
I highly recommend attending the accepted student event. Any chance you have to meet more people in the Bank Street community you should take. It certainly helped me to know a few friendly faces on the first day of class.
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Attending a Bank Street Open House is a great way to get a sense of this unique environment. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet the people that comprise this tight-knit community, who have advice pertinent to your goals. The Open House I went to last year began with an opportunity for mingling, and then took a bit more of a formal turn to an overview of the Bank Street Graduate School.
What I particularly enjoyed was the individual program sessions that followed. Attendees were encouraged to sit in on any and every group they were interested in. Pretty set on Museum Education, I found the opportunity to chat with fellow prospective students, a current student and the course advisor to be very enlightening.
The night concluded with tours of both the graduate school and the school for children. Actually seeing a Bank Street classroom for children further assured me that I was in the right place. I felt that Bank Street’s philosophy of developmental-interaction was palpable in the classrooms, which further fueled my desire to be a progressive educator. There were countless materials for experiential learning, such as art supplies, a class pet rabbit, blocks, and even a play house.
It’s nice to get a sense of how others envisioned Bank Street propelling their careers, and it was helpful to get a concrete idea of how the program is structured. It was supremely apparent from the get-go that the primary focus here is preparing superior educators to join the field and make a positive impact quickly. I found it very motivating to meet others as passionate as myself about education, and in particular within museums.
Idealist.org is holding a graduate fair in New York City this Thursday, September 13th, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Admissions representatives from Bank Street College will be there to answer any questions you might have about any of our programs. Will we see you there? Click here for more information or to RSVP.
Idealist Grad Fair
September 13, 2012, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Metropolitan Pavilion, 1st Floor, 125 W 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
Bank Street Graduate School of Education invites you to an Open House on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Come and explore our master’s programs and discover what our vibrant community has to offer you by meeting with faculty, staff, and students.
RSVP at bankstreetopenhouse.eventbrite.com or click below!