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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Muddy puddles

Winter is actually technically amost over - the end of August marks the end of winter.

What have we been doing at home? Jumping in muddle puddles!!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Back at uni 24 years later

Ok, so the main reason I haven't blogged for a while is .... I'm back studying at uni!

A few months ago, I wrote about my pai mia (bad luck) with getting into a study course at TAFE. I then applied and was accepted into Curtin University's Health Sciences Graduate Entry Foundation Course :

"This enabling course enables domestic students who have completed their undergraduate degree within a different field to complete essential pre requisite undergraduate level units for entry into approved postgraduate programs (for example GEM Graduate Entry Master courses)."

The course is one semester (6 months) if studying fulltime. For some mad reason, I chose to do it fulltime and found myself studying 4 units externally/online. Some of the units I wanted to do (which I also hoped would give me some recognition of prior learning at TAFE) weren't available in second semester, or needed prerequisites.

The 4 units I chose to enrol in were:
Foundations for Professional Health Practice
Evidence Informed Health Practice
Human Structure and Function
Introduction to Psychology

Even before uni started on 3rd August, we had prereading to do, lecture notes and worksheets to print out. By the time the second week rolled around, I was superbusy! I was enjoying the Human Structure unit (I'm definitely a sciency person) and decided to drop Psychology (not a good observor?), picking up another human bio unit - Functional Anatomy (FA).

Turning up to the FA lecture having just bought my textbooks, I was totally overwhelmed. Strange, unheard-of and unpronounceable terms floated towards me - manubrium, xiphoid, costochondral, intercostal .... and other words had to be applied to the anatomical position - superior, inferior, lateral, distal ....

Other students seemed to be unfazed and I thought to myself - "I've walked into a lecture room full of intelligent superhuman students!"

It wasn't long before my head and even my phone was filled with images such as these ....




It was A LOT OF WORK. And I only had the afternoons to study for a fulltime load. I was reading at every spare moment, distracted even with Jimmy around, catching up on online discussions, prereadings and post-lectures deep into the night.

I was starting to feel OVERWHELMED and falling behind in the first 2 units, as I had to spend so much time reading and rereading for the human bio units. The crunch came one night - family dramas, conflict, teenagers ... and I really felt like it was all too much for me to handle.

So now I'm on Week 3, and only doing the 2 human bio units. I'm actually really enjoying them, FA is definitely harder as it's about muscles, bones and function ... this will definitely be a time when I am most intellectually challenged!

24 years ago, I completed my computer science degree at Curtin. Never dreaming that I would be back, and studying something like human anatomy.



Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Neil McDougall Kindy

A few months ago, Neil McDougall kindy had an open day. I was really impressed. The outside space had been thoughtfully created and laid out, there were loads of space and lots of things to do.

Unfortunately you can only start kindy if you turn 4 in the first half of the year (before 1 July), or if you are turning 5 in the second half of the year (changed in 2002 by the WA Department of Education).

It seems like a long way yet ...


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