M.Ed. in School Counseling
First class start date: July 2016
Anticipated Graduation date: May 2018
Teacher, Sabine Pass ISD
My name is Sultana Dusang, and at the ripe–umm–young age of 56, I decided to pursue a Master’s in School Counseling. I remember my husband’s stunned face and my mother’s “you-are-way-too-old-to-be-doing-this” look when I told them of my intentions. My retired husband wanted to travel and felt that my returning to school would prevent us from doing so, and my mother felt that I would put too much stress on myself and become ill. In spite of their reservations, they supported me in following my dream. When my two adult sons found out, all I heard was “It’s about time, Mom” because I always had told them that when they graduated from college, I would return to school. Therefore, with my family’s hesitant but wholehearted support, I am back in school!
Needless to say, initially, I felt like Rodney Dangerfield’s character in Back to School. I was surrounded by younger classmates who appeared a lot smarter and more tech savvy than I. Even though I am in my 24th year of teaching, I teach high school students, and our school is extremely high tech (all of our students have lap tops, and the textbooks are digitized), I still felt technologically illiterate when I began the program. Fortunately, the first course threw me in the world of technology, and I could either sink or swim — I chose to swim. Since the program is online, I have slowly acclimated to technology and consider myself quite adept — to be honest, I have some former computer whiz students on speed dial.
As a teacher, I tell my students that time management is the key to success in school. I will say that I am glad that I took my first course in July because I had to learn time management; I had to retrain myself to manage time and stay on schedule. If an educator is returning to school, I would encourage that he or she begin during the summer because once they return to teaching, time management at work and in the online program becomes crucial in one’s life and success.
As I follow my dream, I have let a few things lax. My house is not as clean; clean laundry is in a pile on a bed in the spare bedroom (which is closed for visitors), and yesterday, I moved the vacuum cleaner from the living room, where it had been left two weeks ago, to the storage closet. In addition, gifts have become gift cards — I rationalize that people would want money anyway, right? On the plus side, my husband is cooking (yeah!), I am saving money from not clothes shopping, and I am extending my brain dendrites with all the reading and writing that I am doing for this program!
May 17, 2017
After I finished my seventh course, I breathed a sigh of relief, looking forward to a three week break. The break, thus far, has not been an easy one because I am so used to doing work that I do not know what to do with my time.
Letter to My Pre-Online Program Self
April 30, 2017
We made it! We are completing our seventh course in the school counseling program, and we have survived! Do you remember how panicked we were about starting this program?
A Break from Spring Break
March 28, 2017
For the first time in over six years, I did not go anywhere for Spring Break. Every year, I have planned trips to and visited New York City, Memphis (I am huge Elvis fan), or SXSW in Austin.
February 26, 2017
Ever since I started this master’s program, my sons and husband have teased me by calling me an “over-achiever” because I spend a lot of time ensuring that my work is “perfect” before I submit assignments.
Super Bowl 2017 Crunch
January 30, 2017
Last January, I received information from the Houston Super Bowl committee requesting volunteers for the events leading up to the Super Bowl.
It has been frustrating and rewarding
December 16, 2016
What can I say about Fall Semester? It has been frustrating and rewarding.
It’s about time, Mom
November 30, 2016
My name is Sultana Dusang, and at the ripe–umm–young age of 56, I decided to pursue a Master’s in School Counseling.
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