Most of this blog is devoted to new incoming freshman beginning to start their college career at PCC. But for the next couple posts this week, I’m going to take a moment to address incoming GAs (whether recently graduated or new to PCC altogether).
When I took the anxious plunge into the graduate assistant life, I didn’t know what to expect. The life of a GA seemed far too enigmatic: no one talked about GAs, no one saw GAs, no one knew anything about GAs….
In fact, the people who wrongfully claim that PCC is a cult are missing the mysterious, almost Masonic faction of the Pensacola grad students.
I’m kidding, of course. But still–there was far too much mystery surrounding the average day of the graduate assistant. What classes did they take? How much did they work? Did they have to stay through the summer? Did they get a Christmas break? Was the program really free? [Usually only two or three a semester, 20-30 hours a week, depends on the degree, two weeks for Christmas, and yes.]
And then I found a GA who knew me from the PCC Student Discussion Page. And his testimony put much of my fears to rest: “Being a GA is so much better than undergrad.”
It didn’t take me long to prove him right, and the GA culture was so much fun that I can’t believe what a black and white difference it was compared to undergrad. And while I still look back fondly on my undergraduate years, the life of a GA is something entirely different:
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