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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Thoughts on being an older student

Going back to university after eight years, is daunting. My worries went from thinking I'd know nothing to how would I talk to people again. Fortunately with the post grad diploma, there are a fair number of us who are older students. It helps some. Only not as much when some of the modules are ones for us and Honours kiddies.

It is very, very strange being back on campus. But it's also so exciting to be learning formally again. There is something to be said for being the academic environment - if you're that way inclined. It just makes me so excited, and hearing about other folks research...just wow.

It's also quite intimidating. I've switched fields entirely, and although it's still in the humanities, it's very different. I feel woefully unprepared for it all. And yes, I know I bring different views...but it's strange for me to be in class, and not recognise 'the names' that I should for the field.

That said, my new department is mazing. They are so utterly supportive of all their students - short course, part-time, full-time - that it just blows me away. I've been so close to tears when I realise just how different my academic career could have been the first time around had the department I was in then had been this supportive. It's already been suggested to me to sit in some Honours classes, to increase my theory - this from briefly mentioning my interests in a group meeting, the lecturer running the meeting took note and addressed it.

Some I'm happy, excited, and very scared. But I'm sure I'll muddle through it all...somehow.


  1. Oh I've always wanted to study again - love the whole world of academia! Go you!

    1. Thanks :)

      Office politics though has nothing on that which happens in academia.


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