So as some of you may know, i had my first round of exams this weekend. I am currently doing a post graduate diploma in project management. Fantastic some say. It seemed like a good idea at the time to go and further my education you know. I had been working for a few years and trying to decide what I actually wanted to do.
I knew that doing anything full time I would not want to do just yet, so that cancelled out most of the options I had. I also knew that enough brain cells had been nuked by too much Playstation and beer. So i had to take something that was in between a masters and a certificate. Bring on the post grad diploma. It sounded like a breeze. Classes on Saturdays and Sundays (so I would lose my weekends), each subject was four lessons (two weeks) and then it was done. Also, a year long course seemed like the perfect length. There is even a dissertation at the end of it all which I am very excited to do, because I am weird like that (I was called weird about four times last week. I have decided to accept that fact that I probably am quiet weird).
Well it started off fine. Or at least i thought it was. I told work i was at school so that immediately meant that i wouldn’t have to deal with coming on weekends and basically working for free (yaay). It did also mean that i had to be normal on Friday AND Saturday nights… so NO weekends actually. Hmmm I was sure there was a light at the end of the tunnel.
So i managed to dig my heels in for the first half of the year long experience. “Bring on the exams I can do it!!!” I thought. Well i had forgotten one basic fact that the last time i studied for exams was sometime in 2007…. My university decided to bump its “pass rate” but taking exams away and making it all totally coursework. Thank you University.
Anyway I started trying to study but a lot wasn’t going in because it was mainly after work. Trying to work after work is something not a lot of us want to even think about. I was tired, and prolly most of the time looking at words and not taking anything in. It was a bit of a struggle. Eventually i decided that the best thing to do would be to take study leave from work. So I took Tuesday till Friday off from work so i could concentrate on just absorbing what i was studying. As like is a part time comedian, it so happens that I caught the flu on the Tuesday. It was all downhill from there. I have learnt one thing, studying while sick is tough. Trying to study when you haven’t done it in a few years is ANOTHER issue.
All in all i survived the weekend onslaught of exams, which i did recovering from flu. Saturday’s exams went fine. Sunday morning’s exam was a bit of a horror movie where the good guy gets killed by the murdering half wolf half Nazi German polar bear cross fire breathing snake. Yeah it was a bit like that. The last exam gave me hope that there are still a few lecturers left on this planet who believe that the human race still has a chance at redemption.
All in all i learnt that sometimes doing the adult education needs to be done as soon as one can do it. Don’t let your brain become mundane and slow and only used to bar jokes, football, slapstick comedies and cartoons. It is a muscle that needs exercise. As the high school refs used to say, use it or lose it