My first semester at UWA is almost in the bag. I have three more assignments to complete and 3 weeks to complete them. I certainly hope to be finished sooner and get a nice break before the craziness of the internship begins. (More on the internship soon but here are three details 1. Ryan is coming with me 2. We’re working with Rural and Remote Mental Health 3. We’re going on a road trip) Being a student isn’t my only responsibility in Australia but it is definitely one of my most consuming tasks.
Studying, writing papers and working through case studies may not always be enjoyable but I see how this work can help prepare me for the future and that’s good motivation. Finding pretty places to do my work is also good motivation. While it isn’t always warm enough to study outside, there are some nice places. Two of my current favorites are the Perth Library (with an amazing balcony with beautiful views) and a coffee shop just down the street (a pot of tea and just enough city noise to keep me focused).
Please pray for me to stay focused and use my time wisely. I’m looking forward to having semester 1 of 4 complete!
Tucked into the corner of the library’s second floor is the the Postgraduate Study Area. It is silent, still and makes me feel guilty if I sneeze. In the Postgraduate Study Area all you hear is typing and the clicking of computer mice. In the Postgraduate Study Area the sound of squeaking chairs is deafening. I sit, work and pause to wonder what everyone around me is studying. I see computer screens covered in complicated codes, thick books and hunched shoulders. In the Postgraduate Study Area individual learning is at its peek. This is one aspect of University life that I probably should get used to.
It’s been almost 10 years since I’ve been in school. And starting next week, I will be a full time student again. I’ve been organizing the paperwork. I’ve bought basic school supplies. And I even did a bit of reading at the beach for my first seminar that begins on Monday. It brought back flashbacks of my undergrad at UCSB where I certainly tried to study at the beach but was never really successful. Maybe the beach won’t be the ideal place to study for grad school either but I will not make that decision until I try at least a few more times. Please pray for me in this new endeavor. Pray that I would learn well and be able to understand the coursework. Please also pray that I would connect well with my professors and fellow students. I’m looking forward to having a student community again. And I’ll be sure to let you know how the beach studying works out.