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!