It’s September, the kids are now back at school and in around three week’s time I begin studying for my degree again after a two year break.

Life is really busy again, and I know this means I’m going to be blogging less from now on and for quite a long time to come.

My studies resume with a year course in sociolinguistics, one of my favourite subjects, so I’m looking forward to posting pieces of that ilk. I figured it might help me with the pithy essays that I’m going to have to write on a monthly basis if I present bits and pieces here. I’ve quite enjoyed not having to be too academic in my approach here, I generally dislike having to cite outside sources unless it’s really necessary, but it’s going to be necessary from now on, if at least to get back into the practise of doing so.

After this course I go straight into a year of advanced Spanish, then Latin and Ancient Greek in order to earn enough cap-points to qualify with honours, and become a Bachelor of Arts in modern language studies.

I’m dreading the thought that I will be studying for the next three years solid, probably with very little break in between courses. It’s going to be a lot of work and a lot of stress again, and my kids are going to hate me for it. And I keep asking myself why I’m doing this at all, when in our current climate of an over-saturation of people with degrees and a lack of jobs and recognition in their respective fields, then why will my degree count for anything?

But there you are, sometimes we do things without really knowing why. I find the education system in the UK and the need to plaster numbers and grades on people as a measure of their ability a total insult. So I’ve often failed to see the point of studying for qualifications at all when I am more than capable of working as a translator, for example, right now. Except it has become apparent that I can’t actually work as a translator in a professional capacity without at least a degree, even though I know that my final grade won’t be reflective of my ability at all, nor will it demonstrate that I speak five languages not just the two that I have studied on my degree programme.

I have to tell myself that I’m doing this intensive study for my own pleasure! [not convinced are you?] Nope, neither am I really.

Anyway, you will get to witness my writing ability at it’s super-slick best as I intend to publish my essays here for anyone who is interested, also because it will give me an excuse to blog and stay connected with all my blogging friends.

I see that time is ticking on and I have to re-engage with the world again until late tonight when I might get a chance to sit and do zilch for a short while. Arggg!

10 thoughts on ““She turned me into a newt…. but I got better…”

  1. As long as you enjoy Ish and as you said, you are doing it for yourself and you are lucky that you can do that. Have fun! πŸ˜€ *big hugs*

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    1. Well I’m half way through my degree course now, I’ve already done three years of study and I know what a massive undertaking it always is to be studying that intensely. It always provokes mixed feelings in me. I wish in many ways that I’d been given the opportunity to do a degree before I had kids, but they were always the wrong circumstances and my applications to university were always rejected. I’m sure it’ll be fine πŸ™‚

      Hugs back

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      1. Well, as I believe…everything happens for a reason and while you can do it, do it. I know you will be fine as you are one clever lady. πŸ˜€ *hugs*

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        1. Morning Sophia! πŸ™‚ I agree everything does happen for a reason, I get the feeling that it might take a few years before I get the bigger picture on this one… I know there is one. Thank you for the vote of confidence though πŸ˜‰
          I hope it’s the start of a lovely day for you my friend… must be time for another coffee [the heat and the sunshine has given way to heavy rain this morning, need coffee to cheer me up]

          Hugs back

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          1. Morning hon and yep, sometimes we just don’t want to know it especially if it’s not good things but yeah, that’s life. Sometimes I also wish I can see the ‘bigger picture’ but heck, let’s live for the moment.

            It’s already past 11 here and I did too much in the garden yesterday and now it’s aches and pains but I am still breathing.. πŸ˜† so I am not complaining as I then use the time to just relax. Yeah, I need another coffee as well and luckily it’s still cool here. I love rain. Send some this way please. πŸ˜€ *big hugs*

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            1. I mean there is a bigger picture to this one that I haven’t worked out yet, but it’s all good stuff as far as I can tell. I think sometimes you don’t get to see the bigger picture because it just isn’t relevant in the right here and now, that’s what it feels like. Like being a kid and knowing that one day what the adults are talking about will make total sense! πŸ˜€

              I don’t mind the rain either, except when I have to walk in it for 5 miles (I know I could just take the bus, but I’d rather walk in the rain than take the bus if I have to! I don’t drive) I was quite enjoying the sun and the heat and not having to layer up for once. Summer doesn’t happen in these parts very often. So you can have all our rain if you like, go ahead I’m not using it. πŸ˜€
              Enjoy your coffee and I hope those aches and pains ease up for you.

              Big hugs back

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              1. Oh, I gave up on trying to work it out and take every day just as it comes. Guess I am not an adult yet..hahahaha

                I know what you mean and I would do the same as I don’t drive either and we can always make an exhange. When summer arrives this side, you can take it and I will take the rainy days.. πŸ˜€

                Thanks hon and I’ll be fine. You take care and have a great weekend. πŸ˜€ *big hugs*

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                1. I like the idea of an exchange of seasons would be great! I could definitely live without the cold and the wet πŸ˜€

                  You have a great weekend too lovely lady πŸ™‚
                  Bug hugs back

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