Pure Awesome.

Posted March 18th, 2010 by candi

So, some of you may know that I am studying at Uni. I’m also studying Certificate IV in Mental Health, but that’s another story for another day. I started my Social Work degree in March 2008, when Dexie was about 6 months old. I had studied previously and the credit from that study expired after 10 years. I didn’t finish that degree because inconsiderately, both of my parents died within 4 months.

Eight years later, I bit the bullet and returned to study. At the time I was working, for the most part, 0.8 or about 30 hours a week. As a result of the previous study, I did 2 subjects a semester, winter school, 2 subjects, summer school, 2 subjects, winter school and 2 subjects. This meant that I completed 2 years of the degree in 2 years, normally students would do 4 subjects a semester and no winter school or summer school.

At this point in time, at the start of my third year, my peers are doing their placements. Since I’ve had about 8 years of experience in case management and roles where social workers would also be employed, I’m getting Recognition of Prior Learning for it. I’m only doing one subject, a fascinating look at current Indigenous issues. Next semester I’ll have to do three subjects.

Again, my peers will be doing four subjects, but by doing this Indigenous subject now, I don’t have to do one in second semester. I rang uni today to confirm that I was on the right track. I was looking at the course time tables for the two internal subjects that I’ll be doing to find that they are on the same day. One lot of awesome. Life is a lot less complicated if I only have to go into uni once a week.

However, I noticed that these subjects had the placement as a pre-requisite. I wanted to check that this could be over-ridden and the program co-ordinator said that wouldn’t be a problem. After I breathed a sigh of relief, I lamented that third year would take me a year, but fourth year would take me two. I would do my fourth year placement at work, but I couldn’t do a full time load of study and work 30 hours a week.

The program co-ordinator said that lots of people work and do fourth year because the subjects are not the traditional lecture + tutorial once a week. They are done in one week blocks, so I could do the four subjects in one semester, with paid and unpaid leave. Then do the placement at work and I’ve finished! I will have done a four year degree in four years while working 30 hours a week for most of it.

I couldn’t decide whether to laugh or cry. Pure Awesome.

One Response to: “Pure Awesome.”

  1. Michelle responds:
    Posted: March 19th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    That is just – well, Awesome!

    Well done!

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