Education

First week of college……!

 

alex-harvey-44062(I love this picture – not mine, but it sums up how I’m feeling! Source)

Hello everybody! Well I seem to have survived a rather busy week, and to be honest I’m still processing it.

I was late the first day, haha!

Class starts at 9am sharp, so from easy going mornings of pottering around, I’m now throwing myself out the door at 08:30 to run down to college, after feeding and walking the dog, doing laundry, making lunches for myself and hubby, getting ready etc. Its a bit of a culture shock, lemme tell ya! As I scuttled down the road, I did a mental check of omg-I-didn’t-shut-the-window-have-I-switched-the-iron-off-I-can’t-find-my-keys-I-bet-I-left-them-in-the-door!

First day I walked into a packed lecture hall, scanning faces to see if there was anyone my age that I could sit with. Nope! So I squeezed in between two young’uns as the lecturer was going through the induction. Then we were split into our respective classes and led off to the rooms. My group was led by a lovely lady, who waved her arms around like an overly excited air hostess as she pointed out places of interest:

“Ladies loo’s over there…….canteen down that corridor…….library up those stairs” she trilled, swooping her arms around. My head felt like it was going to spin off, haha!

So, in class we spent the first days doing those terrible ice breaking exercises where you have to introduce yourself and say something interesting that begins with the first letter of your name. (This is so everyone gets to know you and remembers you – just for reference, I like cartwheels, camping, and cake….)

As an introvert though, I am finding the combined information overload/meeting new people situation really overwhelming, and at break times and lunch, I like to sit by myself in the classroom. I read a book and drink coffee/or cucumber water (new discovery, its amazing!) and just chill. I’ll probably get the reputation as an anti social weirdo, but for now it suits me. After a few weeks of adjustment, I’ll probably integrate more – the classmates are all very nice, and we do talk to each other, but only to discuss classwork. I don’t have the conversation that would remotely interest a twenty something who has boyfriend drama and parties hard! Its quite odd, because when I was at Uni, I really immersed myself in all aspects of student life (I mean joining groups and activities, NOT partying, haha!) I chatted with literally everybody I met, and found Uni life quite exciting. Now I’m older though, I’m focused more on just doing what I need to do, and consider my life away from college as my “real” life – does that make sense? I don’t define myself as a student like I did before……I’m more like “I do this and that, oh, and I also go to college” Quite interesting from a psychological perspective.

Needless to say I haven’t picked up a paintbrush all week, which bothers me. This first weekend is being spent catching up on all the chores I missed, so I doubt I’ll paint today. It will take time to get used to the new routine, I’m aware of that, but I just thought I would check in with some thoughts of the first week.

Next week is “specialist programs and terminology”, which sounds so much…..fun….! I found an old android phone in the junk drawer, and I’m using that for my “productivity apps” (yes, I am that much of a geek). I have my timetable on it, and to-do lists, along with habit trackers and timers, so that I keep focused on my schedule and not wander off to the Room of Doom to doodle! I tried customising some folders to use, but decided they weren’t professional looking, so went out and bought some “proper” stationery to use in college.

Kinda wish I was doing an art course now, haha!

Anyway, that’s it for now. I will try and pop in during the week to post something colourful, because creativity is (another word beginning with C!) relaxing and I feel I’m just running on adrenaline right now. But overall, the work is fine, the people are nice, and I think its going to be a good year! 🙂

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Education

College tomorrow!

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(Not my photo. I have art books, not academic ones, ha! – source here: Redd Angelo)

So tomorrow I start college. Just for reference if you are not familiar with the education system here in the UK – College is a level of study before University. I think some colleges are degree accredited now, but for simplicity, we have 3 levels of college courses, and then 3 or 4 years of University, depending on the course. Then you have Masters courses which can be 1 or 2 years, and PHD’s…… So from age 5, when primary school starts, you could theoretically spend the next twenty years in full time education, if you so chose to do so……sounds fun, huh? 🙂

Of course, due to my “arse from elbow” (Scottish term for back to front) way of living, I stuttered and stumbled through my young years of education, worked for a while, then went to college and University in my thirties – having children and moving house several times, along the way. Having finally got my degree, I became very ill for a few years which pretty much put me back to square one as far as work went, because not having any recent activity on paper didn’t really go down well with potential employers!

I found myself in mid-life, with health issues, no job, no recent education, and an old degree which said I was fairly clever if I put my mind to it. So feeling a bit overwhelmed at the prospect of another possible 25+ years of pottering around, I decided to start over.

I’m so grateful that I live in a place where education is available for all (especially women) at any age, and indeed it can be a lifelong journey if you choose to make it so…..just look at these people who are getting degrees . And here’s me worrying about being a couple years shy of…well, I was feeling a little old, but hey…..

(I also just found this which records the youngest people ever to graduate)

This course I’m doing only lasts a year, and its an Admin based course so when I finish I can go and work in a hospital or somesuch. Together with my degree, I could progress into a job involving some sort of therapy, which interests me a lot, because I love helping people. But I’m not getting ahead of myself just yet….I still need to figure out important things like what to wear, where the canteen is, and how many books are allowed to be checked out of the library – I do love a good library!

I’ll still be doing creative things of course, so anyone who is following along for arty farty stuff will continue to see odd art experiments – because its what I do and I can’t stop, ha! However, there will be more lifestyle posts on here, just as a record of what’s going on “moving forward” (gah, I loathe that phrase but its the first one that popped into my head!)

If you are reading this on my actual site, and not the Reading List, then you will see I made some little changes regarding the theme. This was pure accident – I was messing around, not realising WordPress had “retired” the pretty and arty theme I have been using for the last 2 years (almost 2 years). So I couldn’t get it back even if I wanted to, and therefore had to go with something more current. I suppose the blog could do with freshening up, but still…Grrrrr!

Right, well…I’ll let you know how tomorrow goes. Bye for now! 🙂

Photography

The Old Fire Station

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Just look at this gorgeous building close to my house (on the dog walking route). It was an old fire station, built in 1897 and used right up until 1973. After it was no longer required, it was left to go to rack and ruin. Parts fell away leaving the sides exposed to the elements, pigeons made it their home (as did a few homeless people), and plants grew out of the windows. Now, after many months of scaffolding and building works, it has been renovated into flats, and cleaned up again.

I love that it has been rescued, but I do wish that some old buildings could be given back to the community for everyone to use, instead of turning everything into housing……but that’s just me and my idealistic world, haha!

Blogging 101

Rambling bits and bobs.

So hello! How are you all? I’m having a really good day today – one of those “high energy” days when the sun shines, you fling open the windows thinking its going to be a fabulous day.

My dog has other ideas though……

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She is a bit of a lazy bones when its warm. In fact she doesn’t like going out when its wet either, so…..its hard work being a dog.

I haven’t been doing much creating of late……trying to get the Room of Doom straightened out and decluttered for college has taken up most of my time. Being ruthless with “my stuff” is a terrible ordeal. Its something that requires a constant stream of “Do I need this? Will it come in useful? Why haven’t I used it then”? questions. I have already dispatched 14 wallpaper sample books to the recycling (which gets picked up tomorrow – and no I won’t be fetching them back beforehand – although I did think about it)

I have been watching some minimalist videos on YouTube and feeling all inspired. So I tackled a room and decorated it in a neutral palette…..

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This does have a vintage filter on it, but basically its all browns and creams. I had a mad idea to use up some samples in a patchwork design on one wall……and I don’t like it now. In fact I’m not sure I like the room (its a tiny bedroom that was my daughters)Do you see the button lamp I glued up from ages ago? And that Bureau was a gift from hubby about 7 years ago – I adore bureaus.

Only have a couple of weeks to go before college starts. They want a photo of me for my college card, and no matter how many times I send one to them, it gets rejected for one reason or another! I’m no good at selfies, haha!

So I hope you are all well. Bye for now 🙂