I have been a University Student four times before.
1 – Just after high school and a TAFE Certificate course
2 – Had a break to work as a carer because I failed and freaked out. Went back a year later, and kept going for two years, even though I was failing. I kept getting good marks on assignments and failing exams and I didn’t know why, but I was determined to succeed “next semester”. Eventually I had a complete breakdown and moved.
3 – I started again as an external student around the time Nicky was born. This is also when I started to have pain again, and I couldn’t get disability services within the university to return a phone call, so I had to just leave.
4 – I did six good months in 2010/2011, then failed two semesters due to pain and illness. Decided to have a break while I worked out what the hell was wrong with me.
This last one – number 4 – was great :). I received two High Distinctions, one Distinction and one Credit. I live with the Credit because that was the semester of the big floods.
There were no exams 😉
So now I know what is wrong with me, and now I know that my exam failures are a memory issue and not an “I’m stupid” issue, hopefully this time I’m actually going to achieve a Bachelor degree.
Besides – I’m sitting on my arse all day. I may as well make myself useful.
There ARE going to be some issues.
Last time, my Aspergers took over and I had a little overkill with preparation and organisation and research. I think I may be able to calm that down a little this time though, now I know what signs to look for.
I also ended up leaving because I just had too many bad days in a heap and I couldn’t get any more extensions etc… I am going to have to come up with a plan to handle that this time. Of course, last time, I hadn’t really been sick before – sore, but not sick – so this time I know to be prepared for it.
The good news is – this time I am studying for me. Previously I have studied to show my mother I have a brain, and because I thought teaching would be a career someone with a disability like mine could handle (more flexibility to work around bad days, and working for the government means easier time asking for special considerations/access etc).
This time, I am studying what I want to study. Sociology and Politics. With a fair whack of Philosophy as well.
So… Am I now too old? Nup *grin*
Can’t wait!!!!! 🙂