Monday, April 25, 2011

Where did the year go?

Ten days after finishing the last exam and I'm feeling empty - no more lectures, no more studying, no more structure to the day. What am I going to do with myself for five months?

It was good to get away for a few days after the end of term, the only problem being that it wasn't for long enough. I was just beginning to relax when it was time to come back. Of course, the old brain wouldn't stop working the whole time - reading on the journey I found myself analysing the imagery in the novels I'd brought and then (to my delight) I found a book in a charity shop called, of all things 'The Sunday Philosophy Club'! Reading it on the way home I wanted my text books so that I could check the references to Kant and Hume and the rest.

What I'd like to do today is have a Spanish class and then spend a couple of hours doing homework and writing an essay. Discovering the pleasures of academia later in life seems to be addictive: my maturity may be doubted but I am definitely a Student. Switching back to life off-campus is not coming easily to me. Oh yes, there's plenty for me to do, especially all the things I put off until 'after the exams', but with everyone home for Easter it's easy to keep procrastinating.

This week it's important that I sort out how I'm going to occupy myself for the next few months and make a living so that I can afford next term's books and a laptop. It will involve visiting Westport and seeing a few people, after which decisions will have to be made. For now I'm in 'limbo' - a place I abhor - and will just have to put up with it!

Exam results out on May 6th... maybe I'll just procrastinate until then!


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  2. I wish for you that what you enjoy in the student world follows you into the line of employment that you end up pursuing! I don't think there are many out there who enjoy their jobs as much as they thought they would in college! and Happy Vac Job Hunting!!

  3. The summer break, mainly because it is so long, is aways difficult for me. this year I have a dissertation to write so that will keep me occupied, but leaves the problem of my daughters. They still need supervision at least.
    I always used to start the summer with good intentions and a reading list, but found myself actually reading all the non uni stuff I missed out on during term time.

    I think it must be only us mature students that wish for shorter breaks to keep the momentum going! Especially as it takes a couple of weeks for the older brain (mine anyway) to switch back into academic mode after the long break.

    Enjoy your break & good luck with the job search.