She feels she has a leg up compared to friends of hers graduating from schools that don't offer similar programs. "I have friends graduating who are just now going on their first interview. I've had 10. I'm building my résumé before I graduate." She talks about the connections she's made and the networks she's fostering. "I could've hated my first co-op," she says. "But having a bad experience can be just as important as having a good one. It's a lot better than going to graduate school and coming out with a masters and then finding out you hate teaching."
Kamenetz applauds internships and co-ops. "This sort of learning needs to be celebrated," she says. "It should be seen as complementary. Because if you can't take what you learned in class and apply to real life, then your education is inert."
Nina MacLaughlin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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