Celebrations of the guy’s Birthday are now complete! Had his BBQ with friends last week and that was nice, I made twice baked potatoes, which were a huge hit, and made sociable with his friends.
Then this week (his actual birthday was this Thursday) was the surprise birthday trip to the zoo to see the Red Pandas…it couldn’t have gone better, weather was perfect, it was pretty quiet and as far as I can tell he had a great time. I almost got attacked by Emus…
What you can’t see in the second photo is the other Emu sneaking up from the side.
And he got to see his Red Panda…
I also lost my shit to an embarrassing degree when I saw a pygmy Hippo charging at nothing. For the guy’s sake i’m glad nobody was around to see.
In other news, still waiting (with crossed everything) to hear back about my Uni application and I have put in an expression of interest to volunteer with Lifeline, a phone crisis centre.
Still reading The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett, but also managed to find The Chronicles of Narnia second hand at a market for $7.50! I had this book when it first came out but then lost it when dad kicked me out, so I was very excited to find it so cheap.
I have officially taken the first step on my path to dirt-poor, University student life. In this case my first step has taken the form of 3 hours worth of multiple choice questions and two essays.
The really awesome thing? I actually enjoyed it! My brain didn’t do it’s usual dirty trick of wiping the board completely clean and leaving me with nothing, it kept functioning at it’s normal capacity and I think I may have felt it do a little jig at the opportunity to do some real figuring out, to be challenged.
I don’t know that I will have achieved top scores on the tests but I don’t think I did horribly either.
The whole experience was also improved by the cute guy that kept catching my eye and smiling at me from across the room. Cute guy attention can make any situation seem better 🙂
So now it’s time to take the next step…choosing which Universities to apply to. I have decided i’ll put through an application to the University of Melbourne, mainly because it’s the best one out there and I’m trying to make a point of aiming higher. I am also going to print out info on each of the other Universities and then hopefully narrow it down to 3 choices. I decided that my main selection criteria will be: location- I don’t want to have some epic journey just to get there, culture- this one i’ve learnt from high school, if you don’t ‘fit in’ it can make things hard, and options- I want a good range of subjects to choose from, I don’t want to be stuck doing something I don’t love just to go to a particular Uni.
I’ll keep you guys updated on how it’s all going 🙂
For a while now i’ve been thinking about going back to school, I had originally planned on doing part time study to do my Librarian course but I have since realised that this probably isn’t my best option…I need to be thinking bigger.
Firstly, I know that I would be better off studying full time if i’m going to do it, I always loved school except my last year where I did terrible mainly because of bad course choices and personal issues that made it hard to stay focused, and I know now that I don’t have the self discipline to keep myself on track with part-time study. Secondly, while a Librarian course would be great and something I would enjoy, it’s very narrow, what if I spend all this time completing this course and then can’t get a job as a librarian…bit of a waste.
So, it was suggested to me that I should maybe think about going to University and doing a Bachelor of Arts. I always thought that arts would be arty stuff like painting and poetry so it never even occurred to me to do something like this, turns out I was wrong and looking into it I really think this would be a great choice for me, there are so many subjects to choose from and a lot of them are subjects that really interest me.
I have been doing some research into the course and Universities offering it with the aim of maybe starting next year, but I have now been told by my boss that my role will again be changing soon and will involve things that she knows I won’t like very much so basically if I want to go to Uni full time…now is the time to do it.
So now i’m stuck, I know this is definitely what I should do but how the hell do you go about choosing a University? While i’m glad that I didn’t go to Uni straight out of school because i’m now much more aware of what I like and don’t like and how to study the best way for me, looking at all this stuff while in school just seemed so much easier and less stressful, you had school coordinators to help you and now i’m on my own trying to understand something I have no clue about.
Now I wonder, where do I go? Do I pick a Uni close to where I live or just make a huge change and move away to study? How to you choose the right Uni for you? Should I choose city or country? Should I try for a mid-year intake or maybe just get a new job to tide me over until next year and start then?
I have some big decisions to make and i’m terrified and nervous at the same time. Any pointers?