I love to learn. I never particularly liked school but did want to go to university.
My education was always a little messed around. I went to four primary schools (in Australia and the UK) and two high schools (in Australia).
I took a year off after high school, then did my first year of university in South Australia. I then took two years off to work, then went back and did my last two years of univeristy in Queensland. I finished off my Bachelors degree in Anthropology.
I went straight from uni into a good job – I actually started my first professional job while I was still studying. They needed staff and I had only one summer intensive subject to go. So I worked just under full time hours and did an entire university subject in about 4 weeks.
I spent just under 3 years in that job until they ran out of funding. In that time I started a Masters degree in Writing via distance education, but disliked the university (compeltely disorganised) and found the course far too easy.
I was working full time and studying part time. The reality of working full time and studying part time is that you don’t have much time to keep up to date with study on a weekly basis. And it is highly likely you will do all your learning as the assignments come around.
Some people like to put down those who study. I say that learning is never for nothing. Knowledge is valuable. You can never say that enough.
As I was finishing off my bachelors degree I was looking for full time work. Before I got the good job I had a lot of interviews for bad jobs. I was mentioning in the interviews that I had one subject to complete on my degree and for the first couple of weeks I would need to be away from work on a Wednesday. Well, some people were happy to accomodate, but unhappy with the concept that someone would seek to better themselves outside of the workplace.
It’s been a few years now since I studied anything and I’m feeling the itch again. My ideal postgraduate degree is only offered at the University of Copenhagen, so that’s not an entirely practical option right now. But I like some degrees offered within Australia too. It’s just a matter of picking the one that suits my goals – both educational and financial!
I would seriously encourage anyone who’s thinking about it to look into university study. You don’t have to be a genius to go to university. You just have to be an interested person.