Am I Too Old For University?

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!!!!! 🙂

Disability consumer and activist. Pissed off since 1995... Mad as a hatter since way before that.

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2 comments on “Am I Too Old For University?
  1. Snowshoes4Zebra says:

    Good on you.

    As a fellow Zebra, I often think of going back just to keep my mind in shape…..considering my body is out of the question now days LOL. I like the idea of exercising my mind but in all honesty the thought of adding one more thing to my already bulging list of things to do/demands on my oh so limited time and energy near sends me into a blind panic.

    Good luck with it.

    • LOL… I think the only reason I don’t have a blind panic is that I’m just pretending it’ll work itself out when I get there ;-). No doubt I’ll have panic at some stage in the near future 🙂

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