Where art thou in October?

As shakespeare would say in the above title? Actually, it should say ‘where have I been this month?’

Well I ended up working the long weekend at the start of October. A few days after the long weekend and at the start of my time-off work, I recieved sad news of a family member passing. That day it was organising last minute flights, organising cousins to take care of the pets as my parents were still overseas to packing and errands. Furthermore, I organised to meet one of my current uni buddies at lunch that day in the city and so didn’t want to cancel. This also meant withdrawing from my fitness event to shuffling appointments around until I got back.

I left the following day with my brother and arrived in Kuala Lumpur late at night. From that point on, it was straight to the memorial place for prayers. We met all our relatives there, put our bags down and then pray. Mum, dad and my younger sister who is currently on exchange arrived at 1-2am Saturday, due to their flights being so late at night. Knowing we had to be in the same place later in the morning, we tried to get as much rest as possible. Saturday was more prayers from day to night. Sunday morning was the funeral and then after that, it was goodbye to 5 of the 8 cousins who have lives in KL now. The 3 remaining cousins had to fly back to Taiwan, Singapore and Korea the next day. We stayed at our uncles place for the duration of our trip (2 days to go). My sister left to go back to Singapore the following day as she has class. It was nice for one of our cousins to invite us to her place for dinner that night. She now has a daughter and is married to a French man. She came to Sydney 3 years ago at xmas time.

We caught up with all of our cousins as much as possible during the short time there. As I mentioned, all out cousins are based in the main city now. A few of them have partners now. We now have a whatsapp group and keep in touch time to time again. For me and my brother? We left KL on the Tuesday night to fly directly to Australia. Me and my brother arrived at the airport early because our parents had an early afternoon flight to Singapore and then back to Australia. They also decided to comeback home earlier as they have been travelling for nearly a month now. It’s bye for now until next time. The rest of my leave was getting to appointments, haircuts and completing my final uni task.

So it was back to work the following week but I had an interview the day after I returned. I am seeking and applying for new positions as they arise to whatever suits my skills (hopes to the new year). Last week of September marked farewell to colleagues and a casual partner. Now work size is smaller but in recent times has gotten busier and now I feel like I’m ready to go on and go out of this ‘bubble’ workplace for nearly 2.5 years. Furthmore, my current deparmtent won’t exist in the future so hence another motivator, and I need change. Also which is why I started my Masters for the same reason: change in career path.

Well I am officially finished with uni for the year! I turned in my last assignment this morning and I am free!! See you next year in March!!! Speaking of which I need to decide what subjects I’m going to enrol in for next year. I went to trivia on Thursday night for the first time at it was good. Will need more people next time though.

That’s update in a nutshell.

Until next time!

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Studying after a break?

Hi all,

I finally got around to doing univeristy blog posts as mentioned in one of my previous posts! In addition, i’ll be covering my first year post-graduate course experience, applying for post-graduate studies and time management. These will be in separate posts though.

I haven’t done many study life / university  related posts in so long. It’s been on my list for a while since the start of the year and now it’s the right time to do it. Let’s jump into it!

If you’re considering study whether it’s your first degree, postgraduate etc for whatever reason you do, here are my tips to consider:

1) Workplace flexibility. Is your workplace willing to give you time off to study such as days off (complusory class days in particular), leave, time in lieu or varied work hours?

2) Consider the type of class structure the course offers. Are the classes weekly, distance, or have study block days? Study block days means a whole day worth of face to face lectures in an 8 hour period (like a normal work day) on selected days. If you like face to face, weekly or study block days work.

3) Choose a course that offers flexibility in terms of subject choice and electives. In my opinion, doing a very specialised course won’t offer you the flexibility.  Part time or full time study is a very important thing to consider, especially when you have a job.

4)  Are you mentally ready to be behind the books? University in particular isn’t easy speaking from my first degree experience, depending on your chosen course. There will be subjects that are cruisy, others are full on detail driven to the core.  I’m currently doing a rather ‘dry’ epidemiology subject and I can’t wait for that subject to be over (and it’s my core subject).

5) Finances is another obvious tip. You can take out a student loan during that time but in saying that, be prepared to pay if off though. Many students from what I’ve heard escape the country because they can’t afford to pay it off. For a working person like me, having to do this part-time is the only way atm. I didn’t pursue my current degree until I finished paying off my first univeristy debt.

6) Motivation. Transitioning careers? Upskill? Career change? Whatever reason you choose, these are the things to consider when choosing yout course. I chose my current degree because I want to transition away from my current industry and upskill. My interests career wise lie outside my workplace.

7) If you’re considering a post-graduate degree, highly recommend going to a different university. Although there is a university close to home, I didn’t want to go back there again as I found my experience there boring, uninspired and lonesome in my later part of my degree mostly because I changed majors three time and had no interest in the science/medicine type of subjects offered. Too many ‘smart’ weirdos that I couldn’t click with, but that’s what you get with an old univeristy. Even though I have a group of friends to whom I hang out to this day from first year, we all went in different directions as the degree progressed and none of their study paths interested me. The social life there wasn’t enriching in all honesty, not even the events interested me. Even though I’m part time my current univeristy, it’s more suited to me and am keen to stay with this univeristy. So far I’ve made a study buddy in the two subjects so far  (one from my public health subject last semester and another in my current epideomology subject).

Here are the tips that I hope will help those who are considering study again after their first degree or if you’re seeking study for the first time, these tips also apply.

Until the next post,

x Lydia

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