Skip to main content

Back to Studies!

One of the things that has been on my mind for the last year is finishing my degree.  I have my books, I know the course I have to do.  But I have always been putting off - not studying, I like that - I suppose looking into the technicalities - because I always have to cook meals or sort out clothes or go out somewhere like the bank or one of the schools.

Yesterday, I got into the website of my university and got totally confused.  It's been completely revamped and is now unfamiliar and to me, confusing. It was so much simpler when I  used to go to the cyber cafe to apply to do my exams.  It's crazy that I've had an internet connection for the last two years and haven't kept in touch.

See, I successfully completed the first two years of my BA programme.  I've even successfully completed one of my third year papers. All that now stands between me and my BA degree (bear in mind, I'm 47, not 20!) is three credits.  A course in European History, a course in English drama and two practical courses in teaching. I already have eleven credits and fourteen is required.   Now I noticed that there is now a (nominal) fee to do the exam.  But how do I pay?  I gave up in despair.  I sourced the number of the college where I used to go for contact.  Luckily I got through and spoke to one of the administrators.  But the more I tried to explain my problem the more confused I became.  The administrator suggested I call down to the college and talk face to face.  Good idea.  The college is a bit far away.  I got in touch with Sunita, a family friend who lives nearby and helps us out with our housework sometimes, and she's agreed to accompany me there.  She knows the public transport route.  I don't.  When I used to study before, I used to have to requisition my husband to drive me there on his days off but he's got so busy lately, I'll have to shift for myself now.

My time as a student of the university will expire at the end of June.  They will not allow me to sit for the examination in the coming June because before you apply to do the exam, you have to have submitted some course assignments.  Which I haven't.  Years ago, you could apply to do the exam in March and submit the assignments by the end of April. Not any more, it seems.  Of course, I didn't know because I've been out of touch.

I do study when I get time, but I'll have to become more regular.  I'll have to seek an extension of my course time so I can sit for my examination, probably next December.  There I go putting it off again.  But I won't beat myself up over it.

I hope Sunita doesn't suddenly find something else to do this afternoon, I really want to meet that administrator.  I've been stuck in that BA rut for so long and I'm going mad to move on.

I'm trying to look on the positive side.  Okay, so I'll need an extension.  Shame on me!  But now, I have access to lots of outside reading for my course now because I have the internet.  I know how to order books online if need be, that facility was not available to me before.  There are wonderful history website and literary critiques on the web which will give me a nice balanced view.  Since I began my blogging adventure and linked up with writing friends, my writing skills have improved a lot (?) and hopefully that will help me with the written examination.  I'm sure there must be some videos of the plays I have to study on Youtube.

I will finish my BA this year, no matter what.  That is a promise.

I've just had a new comment system installed.  If you would like to leave a comment, please click on the title of this post and allow a little time for the comment system to load - thanks!

Popular posts from this blog

Kipling Got it Wrong! Or Eastern and Western Culture - Reflections

What Is Culture?
I’m opening this blog post with a question. What is that elusive concept which is commonly known as ‘culture? Culture is way of life. How we live. What our values are.  Our customs, attitudes and perceptions. And also, I suppose, how we express ourselves in art through, such as music, dance, theatre and cinema.  It’s quite a comprehensive area and not too easy to define, really.

The Journey
I was born in what is commonly known as ‘the west’. I lived in Ireland for the first thirty years of my life. When I was thirty, I married my husband and came out to India to live here with him. That was the beginning of an interesting journey, which is still evolving. I must have had some east/west comparison stereotypes in my head. But in India, I found that the people I met had huge stereotypes in their heads about what they called ‘western culture’ and ‘western way of life’. Not long after I arrived in India, I was struck by the number of people who said things to me like ‘in the …

Five Ways Social Media Has Changed Our Lives

Has social media changed the way we live? You bet it has! I’ve been in India for 22 years and have visited home in Ireland maybe half-a-dozen times. The biggest challenge about this, for me, has always been coping with the difficulty of making contact with old friends and family. However, that’s all over now, thanks to Facebook. I check my phone every morning and read that uncle Ned in Dublin is furious over the biased referee in the boxing match or that my cousin Paula in Dublin went to see Take That in concert (or whoever!). I speak to my cousin Veronica in Scotland every few days thanks to WhatsApp. We haven’t spoken this frequently since we wrote to each other as kids. Social media has definitely changed our lives forever. I can think of at least five ways that social in which it has affected life as we know it.

Social media makes the world more accessible to us. This is a fact. The world is at your fingertips. Find out which of your friends and family are on Facebook and once you …

The Climate in my Hometown LBC Post

I am originally from Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. We have a maritime climate, neither too hot nor too cold. Cool, wet winters and warm summers.  We get the odd freak weather condition, like several feet of snow, once in a while to make life interesting.  Pretty ideal really.  

Now I reside in Lucknow in north India. In the Indo-Gangetic plain.  Cold dry winters, roasting hot summers and a humid rainy season.  It seems like it's always too hot or too cold. Or too humid. Humidity is something I dread.  It brings itching, rashes and all of that.  Okay, too hot will work for me. So will too cold (although I hate dry cold, that's energy-sapping). But humidity is .......not at all good. And that's a euphemism if ever there was one,. 

I wish to dedicate this post to my beloved and erudite rakhi brother Rummuser, who suggested this topic.

And thanks to for the above illustration, 'Paper Weather Icon Illustration' by SweetCrisis.

The Loose Blogging C…