Health and wellbeing, Melbourne, Writing

The joy of study

This year is my first since 2012 where I am not doing any university study.

I was very nervous about starting uni. I was waaaay older than the stereotypical uni student; in my early 40s, I was probably closer in age to that of their parents. I had three preschool children in my first year of study who were were my priority, of course, but potentially a huge distraction. I had a household to keep running, dinners to cook, clothes to wash. Sure, Hubster was (and is) capable of doing these tasks, and he often did. I left school, a trillion decades prior (or so it seemed), thinking I was not smart, so I assumed that my grades at uni would reflect that. I didn’t believe that I would succeed, finish, or even enjoy uni.

But I surpassed my own expectations. And I am wholeheartedly, unashamedly proud of myself and my achievements. After graduating my undergrad degree in 2016, I decided to undertake Honours, and completed that, with a very decent grade last year. I may even do Masters next year. But this year, I am taking a break.

I think study is an important part of life. Whether you choose to study for your own benefit, or to further your work options, or to learn more about plans for retirement or leisure activities, we can only improve ourselves by learning. I can’t think of a single example where a person came out of a learning situation stupid-er than at its commencement.

We’ve only got one life. It’s not such a bad idea to fill it with as much knowledge as possible, right?



13 thoughts on “The joy of study”

  1. A friend of ours, who was in her late 50s at the time, was offered a course which gave her qualifications as a counsellor. English is not her first language so she was initially reluctant. Her whole married life she lived in the shadow of her educated husband who told her she was not bright. She did the course and was one of the few who graduated. She now knows that she is a determined intelligent woman and she uses the skills she learned. —- a long time ago, we homeschooled our two boys and our main aim was for them to have a lifelong attitude to learning. Our eldest went to Uni in his early thirties and did well. I’m glad that you get a buzz from study. I’m wired a little differently, but I do love to research and learn — I’m a Taurus, which I guess, tells you a lot. Terry

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  2. I can totally relate to the nervousness and the pride. Though I completed my Bachelor’s degree right after high school, I didn’t return to work on my Master’s until I was 35. I was so nervous that first class that I thought I would hyperventilate and pass out, but I survived. I ended up surprising myself by how well I did even though I was working 60+ hours a week and attending school full time. Getting good grades became addictive.

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  3. It is never too late to study. What matters if you have the heart for it, why not do it and do it because you want to. Good for you for finishing a Bachelors and good luck with the postgraduate study when the time comes 🙂

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