Mmmmmm intellectual goodness

I’m not sure I’ve mentioned it here yet, but a few weeks ago I made the decision to enrol at University next year. I guess it’s a re-enrol, seeing as I have my BA already. Anyways, last week I was accepted onto the Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Guidance and Counselling), and the very third thing I did (after squealing with excitement and then emailing hubby/texting my study geek friends) was hit the online bookstores to locate the text book.

I couldn’t find it in the uni book store! How odd is that? Anyway, I did find it at Amazon and the book depository, but I thought I’d hit up the local trade site – and I found it for a mere $20. SCORE. It arrived today and there was more squealing to be heard.

*the crumpled corner was Natalie’s doing – I can see I am going to have to hide it from her! It’s obviously far too interesting.

I have to say that I was a little by how dense this book is though – seriously, it looks fine from above, but look at this:

Almost 800 pages of text. It stumped me for a moment. I mean, since getting my Kindle in January I’ve not read a single paper book. I’ve not taken notice of the number of pages, nor has the size of them crossed my mind. This is one solid book. Requiring a flat surface to read upon, most likely.

Of course, that doesn’t bother me at all – but it’s certainly going to be interesting getting stuck into a text book again. It’s been almost four years since I finished my degree. I’m hoping that having the distinction of paper = study and kindle = pleasure will mean I can still read a fair few fiction books next year πŸ˜‰

I am SO excited! SOOOOOO excited. I hope to have read the entire thing by the time my paper starts at the end of February. I can’t wait to use my brain again in an academic way.

The best thing is that I can study at home. I’m doing one paper next year, one in 2013, and the final two in 2014 by which time Lauren will be at school and Natalie will be in Kindy. The timing is perfect, and I’m thrilled to embrace this other side of me.

By no means am I quitting writing – I’m still going to make sure I set aside time for that – but I’m excited that by the time my girls are all in school, I’ll have a career and be able to bring some money into the family. Doing something I love.


12 thoughts on “Mmmmmm intellectual goodness”

  1. That’s wonderful news Cassie! I wish you the best on this new endeavor. Did you know that the Kindle was originally developed for college students? It was originally meant for text books, but students found it cumbersome to use. (Hard to flip back and forth quickly between passages etc.) Amazon marketed it as an general e-reader after that.

    1. Hi Cheryl πŸ™‚ I can totally see how the Kindle wouldn’t work for text books – I need to have that flickability as well, and it just doesn’t work with the Kindle. That said, wouldn’t it be nice if they COULD be easily read on the Kindle? Jeepers, it would make study stuff far more portable! lol

  2. Whee, so excited for you Cassie. I took about the same amount of time between undergrad and honours, and whilst there was much more in my life to fit in, I was in a much better and more focused frame of mind to study.

    Do you have plans for what type of counseling you ultimately want to do?

    IME, the usual reason for books not being in university bookshops is lecturers who don’t return the forms *stamps feet*.

    1. Haha, well, that probably explains it πŸ˜‰ Oh well! I have it now, and that’s the main thing. I’m a little sad I have nothing left to organize though.

      I think you’re on to something about the frame of mind – I think I’m way better suited to study now than I was when I did my undergrad. Though, we’ll have to wait and see to know for sure.

      As for the type of counseling – I’m not set on any one thing in particular just yet. I thought I’d see what I learn and decide from there. The way they have changed things is quite cool in that you can do either guidance counselling, which could be cool, or family/couple/individual counselling. Lots of choice!

      1. Pfft, nothing left to organise? You can go get coloured gel pens! Or multi coloured mini postits for marking pages! A pack of ten highlighters! Index cards! Notebooks and stickers to decorate them with!

  3. Stationary! How could I forget. I’ve never done the stickers thing, but I can see how that would be fun πŸ™‚ I might have to take a trip to the store BY MYSELF, so that I can get things I want, rather than things the girls want (and will steal). Then it’s a matter of finding a handy hiding place…

    Thanks, Anna πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I’m sure I will πŸ™‚ It’s a natural fit for me, so I’m hoping I can get the work done easy enough and still have time for writing.

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