Monthly Archives: January 2013

Oh boy…

What have I let myself in for?  Was I naive? Can I really do this?

Last year’s journey of discovery was amazing.  Wrote in for 6 modules….got to do some volunteering at 2 different libraries, (a school and a museum library)…. it was just fantastic! By the end of the year I had to give up the volunteer jobs to be able to cope with exam prep.  Throughout all this, my home life changed dramatically – circumstances I shall blog about in the near future. But, I plodded on….prayed…plodded on….and passed.

Hello 2013….where am I in this course?  Can I call it 2/3 of the way through? No, probably not, since I still have 4/10 modules of only the 2nd Level to complete.  This year I have registered for 2 modules from the 3rd level’s requirement, and suddenly I find out what it is like to be in your final year….NO MORE POINTERS! Discover for yourself! Read, read and read!

Can I do this? Time will tell…I’m not a natural lateral/out-of-the-box thinker, and with no-one to engage in conversation during each day of hard slog, it’s going to be a challenge to stay motivated.  Oh there is the UNISA forum, but people are more interested in forming little email cliques and Whatsapp chat groups, than actually partaking in discourse on the forum.  Is this because the lecturers access the forums? Or because their English is mostly so poor. (Talking about Africa here.) Or is it because the students like to use the ‘gangsta style slang’ and not the required proper form of English grammar and spelling. Whatever! The forums don’t work! Point is, I’m on my own…the Internet and a host of blogs, journal articles and I, in deadly silence!

Sometimes I wonder why I’m doing this….but then I think of my dream – to have a profession and to do what I love – working in a library.

Right… I’ve always been up for a challenge.  This one might beat me. Will I let it?  Please God, give me the abilities I don’t have….perhaps then I’ll get through. (Oh, and while you’re about it, refresh my tired brain; it IS only January.)


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