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School sucks

 

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So it’s been a while since I’ve had anything to share with y’all, and the main reason is that I’ve been swamped up to my eyeballs in schoolwork. Why schoolwork? Because I decided that now is a good time to put a few courses in towards finally finishing my degree. Which I have yet to finish. Sigh.

 

You see school and I have a hate-hate relationship. I think it’s boring and stupid, and it’s always told me that I have ‘potential’ and if only I’d ‘apply myself’… But I ‘ve always been uninterested in applying myself to learning stuff that is often factually incorrect (economics), irrelevant to my job (marketing), and plain ridiculous (most of management).  I still try and keep my grades up, but I don’t enjoy it.

 

I am a child of the digital age, and in an hour with Google I can reach amounts of information that are not fathomable, in any format I like. I love to learn and have the world at my fingertips. It’s hard to get excited about stuffy textbooks and linear approaches to learning, never mind dealing with whatever innovative (read ridiculous) approach the prof wants to take towards exams. 

 

But my main quibble with school and schoolwork is my own predisposition. I am a die-hard generalist who loves to learn a bit about everything, but does not relish the prospect of delving too deep into subjects. It’s my problem, not the University’s, and yet it’s made it quite hard to focus on my chosen major for the last little while. But focus I did, and have finished three courses in the last little while, and am about to embark on the bread and butter of the curriculum.

 

According to the student course reviews (yay Internet!), I have three brutal courses ahead of me, brutal as in brace yourself, it’ll be a wild ride.  And after that nothing seems hard, apparently.  So that’s why I’ve been MIA lately, it’s just a good bit of mental effort to work, study, exercise and have pitifully random social life. 🙂 I don’t want to abandon the blog though, so I’ll definitely be around, just more sporadically than usual.

 

Wish me luck, please, I’ll need it.

 

 

7 comments to School sucks

  • Hang in there Tatiana, it sure looks like you are very close to seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as they say. I have contemplated going back to school myself, but keep procrastinating… so you are definately an inspiration. It sounds like you have what I like to call a ‘butterfly mind’ (I have one too) – happily flitting about from one point of interest to the next! As for blogging, fit it in as you can – I had to pull back myself as it was eating up way too much of my time. I’m blogging again, but on a very limited basis and my comments are turned off for now – not that I don’t care what my readers have to say – au contraire – I care too much lol 🙂

  • admin

    @Jane – I know exactly what you mean. And I’ve sat down and asked myself whether I should shut the blog down as well. But I know I don’t, because there will be some weeks this winter where it’s my only lifeline to the world. 🙂 So I figure I’ll have a caveat not to expect too much and see what happens. If you’re contemplating going back to school, well, misery loves company! And many people thrive at it, especially when they’re learning what they WANT, rather than what they ‘should’. So – if you’ve been on the fence, sign up for one course and see what happens. If you do it online like I do, you can start anytime and work at your own pace. What would you take, if you don’t mind me asking?

  • I do admire your determination – and dedication. Like Jane, I’ve been contemplating for ages going back to school. But as I get older, I find I have less and less motivation. And you can count me in on the ‘butterfly mind’ or the ‘die-hard generalist’ attitude – I’m all over the place. I love to learn a lot of things, and I have so many interests that I can’t seem to stop at one place long enough to concentrate on it. As for my blog, I pre-schedule almost all my posts, so even though there are posts around every day, I’m not. It’s the only way to keep the blog going without it interfering with my day to day life.

  • Good luck! I’m struggling with a home study financial course that I had hoped to have done by the end of the summer. Um … no.

  • admin

    @Martha – I totally hear ya, about the generalism and lack of motivation, both. I too am a bit afraid that if I don’t do it now, I never will. What if I want kids? That usually cramps any school plans right quick for a few years. So I figure I’d better buckle down and get at least all the hard stuff done. And I love your per-scheduled blog posts, but it’s the writing that takes time, not the posting, so it’s the time to write that I run short on.

    @Teena – lol.. I’ve had SO many courses go over my self-imposed deadlines, it’s not even funny. Good luck in finishing it, you can do it!

  • Hi Tatiana, I can totally relate to what Martha says: I also have so many interests, it’s really hard to narrow it down – I am drawn towards Human Geography and Psychology, though it would be much more practical to study business or take a course in radiography. Actually getting started would be a good move! I like your suggestion about taking online courses.

  • Jean

    Wow, you go girl! Proud of you. I’ve signed up to take Joint Venture program at MRU. Not tough like yours but still gotta find the time.

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