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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.
One of my current units at UWA is called Indigenous People and Social Work. Indigenous studies is a very important topic in Australia and so it is no surprise that this is one of our first units. I feel like everything I previously learned and read about the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander communities is now being reinforced, expanded and given a new Social Work perspective. I hope that by the end of this unit I will begin to see my knowledge deepen beyond a superficial understanding. A documentary that was recommended to us is Putuparri and the Rainmakers. I’m not sure how you would get ahold of it in the US but in Australia you can stream it through SBS On Demand. This documentary talks about Aboriginal culture, history, land rights, the law and so much more. It is yet another perspective and another group of voices to add to my understanding and appreciation for Aboriginal life, history and culture.
“Smile, make friends and eat a healthy lunch,” was the advice from a friend when I expressed that I was a bit nervous about today. It’s been 10 years since I graduated from UCSB so I do feel a little out of practice with this whole student thing.
But here I am ready for my first day with my healthy lunch packed, smile on my face and ready to make friends. Please pray for this week of learning and adjustment. Graduate school can’t be too difficult, right?
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.