10 Things I Learned in my First Year as a Mature Student.

For those who may not know, this time last year I enrolled as a mature student at Maynooth University to study for a Bachelor of Arts in History and English. I sat my end of year exams in May, and since then have been contemplating my next steps.

There is no question that I will be continuing with my studies. I have decided on a Double Honours in Celtic and Irish Medieval Studies, and English. And now the work really begins, because in reality, first year was just a practice run for the real thing. To continue, I had to achieve a pass at 40%; I actually got 69.3%… that’s how pernickety they are. If I had got just 0.7% more, I would have achieved a First.

Going to uni at age forty nine was a mad and difficult decision which has turned out to be a wonderful thing. I never had a third level education when I was young, but I think I probably wouldn’t have appreciated it, if I had. Maynooth has a mature student population of 10%, and is looking to increase it, probably because on the whole, mature students tend to do better than their younger peers.

However, it’s not been easy. Here, in no particular order, are 10 things I have learned about being a mature student in my first year.

Maynooth University, North Campus.

1. to the state, I am worthless

Although I’ve never had a third level education, the state refused to support me with so much as a cent of funding, even though I have two teens in full time education, and a disabled daughter who requires expensive equipment, treatments, medicines and specialized round-the-clock care. Yet if I had previously done a year’s Back to Learning course beforehand, I probably would have been fully funded. No one told me that. Financially, it’s been a struggle, but we’re managing, although there is guilt attached to that, too.

Now, I’m not complaining. At my age, I’m not worth investing in; I’m unlikely to be employed at the end of my studies… I’m too old, and I’ve been out of the workplace since my first son was born. So there’s little prospect of a return on their investment. It’s better suited to supporting a young person with their whole life and a potential career ahead of them. And I fully endorse that.

2. There’s mature, and then there’s mature

Did you know that a student is classed as ‘mature’ if they are aged twenty six or over. That makes me smile… I can look at an eighteen year old and a twenty six year old side by side, and I can’t tell the difference! They’re all slim, smooth-skinned and so care-free and responsibility-light they practically float!

I definitely fall into the second category, but believe it or not, I am not the oldest by any means. One of my peers is sixty. I’m sure those young students must look at us and can’t see the difference, either. Lol!

3. young people are age-ist

On my very first day, I was the subject of three age-ist comments. I wasn’t meant to hear them, but apparently, I’m not as deaf as younger people assume. One comment in particular made me laugh… I didn’t hear all of it, but my ears pricked up when I heard something about “the forty-year old in the class” because I knew that was me. Why did I laugh? Because they were actually paying me a compliment… they thought I was ten years younger than I actually am!

Young people are so accepting of other differences… sexual orientation, gender, colour, disablility, religion, race, but when they look at someone like me, all they seem to see is the face of their mother; someone who tells them what to do, approves or disapproves, someone who is controlling, who they see as wanting to spoil their fun.

I understand that. It’s just a shame they can’t see beyond that to what I actually am… a student, nothing more, nothing less. Like them, I’m there to learn.

4. I love writing academic essays

This really surprised me. Being a writer of fiction, I expected to hate it. I mean they’re dry, dusty, dull as dishwater, full of over-complicated language, long words and jargon, just to try and make the author look clever, right? Well, not always, and if they are, it doesn’t mean everyone else has to write like that too. Basically, all you need to be able to do is assemble facts, back them up with references and citations, and form an argument with them. And if you can write well, and form an original argument with evidence to support it, you just might get a first. To me, an academic essay is a challenge, a puzzle, involving something I love doing – research – so perhaps it would have been obvious to anyone else who knows me.

5. I love my uni

My uni is a real juxtaposition of old and new. The North Campus is old and beautiful. The South Campus is modern and spacious and beautiful. My lecturers are knowledgeable and interesting and all writing books and working on their own research. On the North Campus, we have the oldest tree in Ireland, and a Norman castle. We have the most modern state of the art library in Ireland. We have ghosts and legends and famous historical ex-students. I just love the atmosphere, just being there. Walking around the campus every day makes me feel happy, and more than just a mother/ housewife, no matter how important that role is. I suppose it gives me  the freedom to just be me.

6. I like feedback

This is not new to me. I think it’s why I like blogging so much; people interact with me on my blog, respond to what I’ve written with comments, often but not always positive, or with questions. I like to know if I’ve got something wrong, because that’s how we learn and grow. It’s the same at uni, only we get graded, and those grades matter because they count towards our final result. I dread getting the grades for my essays, but yearn for them at the same time, and as long as I see forward momentum, I’m happy. I’m always hungry to know what I could do better, so I’m ready for the next one. Does that make me a competitive person? Only with myself, perhaps.

7. Girls just want to have fun

And so do boys. Not many knuckled down to hard work in first year. Not many bothered to turn up to lectures or tutorials. If they did, most of them chatted all the way through, or looked at Snapchat on their phones. Few did the required reading beforehand so they could participate in group work and class discussions.

Ok. I do get it. They’re young. It’s their first year living away from home. They can have late nights, alcohol, drugs, sex, whenever they want. No one’s going to stop them, or make them get up early and go to class. Life’s a ball! And I don’t begrudge them their fun. But life’s a balance, guys.

We were all told during Induction to treat study like a job: work 9-5, and you’ll be able to have all your evenings and weekends free, and on top of that, you’ll pass. Maybe second year will be a bit different.

NB. After considering the lovely Bri’s comment (please see below) I would just like to point out that not every young student takes avoidance measures when it comes to studying; plenty work hard and get excellent results, too. I didn’t mean to stereotype. But there are students who do things like use their funding to pay for trips to Spain and miss weeks of classes… yes really, I know the person who did this; who fail and drop out but don’t tell their parents and continue taking their allowance so they can continue living the student life; who dont turn up for exams, and plenty who never go to a single lecture or tutorial etc… all this really does happen, I’ve seen it. So Mal and Cai, watch out! I’ve seen all the tricks, you won’t be able to pull the wool over my eyes! πŸ˜‚

8. I’m crap at time management

It’s all very well studying 9-5, but when you have a daily two hour drive, three kids including a special needs child who is 100% dependent on you for everything, a dog who needs walking, a house to clean, a family to shop and cook for and ferry around from sporting activity to busy social calendar, where do you actually find the time to study? And when you’re studying six modules per semester, that’s six essays all requiring handing in at the same time, and it’s not as if lecturers think about staggering them so they’re not all due at once.

Then there’s blog posts to write, blog posts to read and comment on, social media to keep up to date on, books to write and edit and format and market, books to read, you know, for pleasure not for research, and reviews to write. I admit that in the middle of semester two, I burned out. I dropped everything except my family and my study. And here’s the sad thing: I hated myself for it.

Over the summer, I’ve thought about that a lot. Blogging friends will have noticed I’m a bit more distant than I used to be. I’m trying to do a bit less, keep it manageable so I don’t have to drop it all completely like I did last time. So I’m really, really REALLY sorry if I’m not visiting your blog as much as I used to, or tweeting or facebooking as much. Some people are amazing and have no trouble doing it all… I am awed by you! But sadly, I’m not like you, though I wish I was. In the meantime, I’m prioritising my family and my study, and I’ll try and support you as much as I can, even if that’s not quite as much as you, or I, would like. This blogging community is the best, and I feel lucky to be a part of it. I’ve had a lot of support, and I still want to give some back.

9. which is a good time to make my announcement

While we’re on the subject of time management, I realised last year that I couldn’t fulfill my role on the Bloggers Bash Committee. Sacha, Geoff and Hugh were kind and very understanding, and allowed me to take a minor role, but I felt miserable knowing it put more pressure on them. So I have now stood down.

Sacha is intending to take the Bloggers Bash to a whole new level, and she has expanded the team with some very lovely bloggers I would just adore working with! I know they will all do a fabulous job, and I can’t wait to see everyone again next year. I am very proud that I was one of the founding members of the Bloggers Bash, and I know it will continue to grow and be hugely successful every year. Sacha, Geoffle, Hugh… I’m missing you already!

I have two more years of study, and as I am time-starved, I really have to commit myself to it, even though it has forced me to make some tough decisions like this, that I would rather not have had to make.

10. is it all worth it?

Hmmm… I don’t think I can answer that until I’m out the other side. My blog could die a death, I could lose all my friends, never write another book, and fail all my exams. Lol! Ever the optimist!

On the other hand, by some miracle, I might just keep it all ticking over, maintain my sanity, and come out with a degree. Will that make a difference to my life? Who knows… I’m only a third of the way through. But so far, it’s definitely been worth it, and I’m itching to get back to it.

Would I recommend it? Hell yeah! If I can do it, anyone can.

Moments I will NEVER forget:

  • The first essay which earned me 75% (that’s a First).
  • The first time I got a hug from a fellow student.
  • The time a lecturer said to me he had never awarded such a high grade to a first year student.
  • The time the student sitting beside me wrote down every word I said in a class debate, underlining the words I gave emphasis to.
  • The time a comment I made in a class debate earned me a roomful of applause.
  • The first presentation I made to the class (dismal failure).
  • The time a student proudly admitted she wanted to be an English teacher but had no intention of reading any of the assigned books, but wrote her essays by googling everything… God help the children of the future.
  • The lowest grade I got for an essay (47%; I vowed there and then that would never happen to me again, and so far it hasn’t).
  • The moment I realised how much I loved Irish history (not just the mythology).
  • The shock of discovering that one of my favourite tutors had been arrested for a particularly horrible crime.
  • The panic of my first exam in semester one where I realised I had not revised ANY of the topics which came up on the paper, but ALL of the topics which didn’t.
  • The number of nights I was up writing essays till 2am in the morning.
  • The pleasure of getting my end of year results and realising that not only had I passed, but I had actually done well.
  • Learning that some things don’t change, exams are still bloody hard, especially for a mature-almost-geriatric-student with a leaky memory.
  • Best of all, looking around me on the last day of semester two and realising I had made some really, REALLY good friends.
year two… BRING IT ON!

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73 Comments on “10 Things I Learned in my First Year as a Mature Student.

  1. What a great story and summing up of your year Ali. And some brilliant observations. I’m in awe of what you’ve achieved. I’ve no dependent family and I would be still never be able to, not only fit in all that you’ve managed, but to do it so successfully.
    It’s a fact though that being around young/younger people energises one, keeps one from drifting, makes you aware of what is still possible even as you advance in years (though you are a spring chicken in comparison to me).
    Many years ago I’d just turned 50. I overheard a giggling conversation between two young women in the office. They were talking about another girl’s new boyfriend. ‘And he’s really, really old! He’s, like, 50 or something!’ I still smile.

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    • Haha! That’s such a great story! It’s funny how that kind of thing doesn’t offend, although to young people being old obviously seems so awful. I’ve always lived under the mantras of never letting an opportunity go by, and regret the things you have done rather than the things you haven’t, so I have no regrets about my life. I only wish I could have travelled more, but Carys put paid to all that. Even so, she’s definitely one thing I DON’T regret… she has enriched my life beyond measure. So yes, growing older has not been a bad thing at all. Young people have no comprehension of this, but they’ll come round to the idea in time, as we all do. 😊

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  2. What a wonderful year, minus the backhanded insult/compliment! So proud to see what you’re doing and how much you’re achieving. You’re always welcome back to the bash when you’re done studying, unless that is, your off being a high-flying professor of Irish mythology ❀ ❀

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    • Haha!The ‘insuliment’ was hilarious! As for profs of Irish myth, there’s actually lots of those already with far more than a BA behind them! But yeah, it’s great, and of course I’ll come to the Bash, wouldn’t miss it for anything! πŸ˜πŸ˜™πŸ˜™πŸ˜™

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  3. Hi Ali. I love this post! As you know, I went back to school at the age of 34 to finish my undergraduate degree and then go on to veterinary medical school. This took me a total of nine and a half years (I didn’t attend university full-time the first couple of years). My years in university as an undergraduate were the best years of my life. Like you, I probably would not have appreciated those years nearly as much if I had gone straight to university after high school. But as a mature adult, I derived great pleasure from learning new things, and I was proud of what I was able to accomplish. You, too, can take great pride in what you have accomplished in your first year of university. I am so happy that you are enjoying yourself and looking forward to your second year. When do you go back to university?

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    • Thanks Rachele! Nine and a half years… that is an INCREDIBLE amount of time and dedication. Kudos to you! I go back to university on 18th September, but the children go back to school next week, so I’m hoping I’ll get a couple of weeks distraction free writing! 😊

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  4. Interesting to note that, to replace you on the committee, they had to recruit 5 others!
    Sounds like uni’s been a great experience, Ali. Hope the next two years are just as fruitful for you. Looking forward to seeing you at next year’s Bash (and less time to wait than originally anticipated!)

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    • June 9th, right? Less time to wait than anticipated? You lost me there. πŸ˜‚ But yes, I’ll be there… you got a venue booked yet? Uni’s been great, thanks, hope the rest of it is too. How’s the writing going?

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      • You really need to check out Facebook, Ali. The date’s been changed to 19th May – and the issue was getting the venue at a reasonable price. Hope you haven’t already booked your flights!
        The writing is going slowly, but it is going. Handing over the business is taking longer than I thought and there have been some other distractions on the personal front (mainly pleasant!).

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            • I just checked… they start on May 11th but obviously I won’t know the dates of my actual exams until much nearer the time. Can’t believe it! Don’t want to miss it! Hopefully mine will all be over by then. And it’s only a weekend… I need to have fun too!


            • If only you’d stayed on the Committee…
              I suspect you may have some choices to make nearer the time – and mums are important! I’m trying to organise an informal get together (just meet up and have a few drinks) with bloggers in the Midlands later this year. Maybe, if you do miss out on the Bash, there will be other, similar opportunities to meet up

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  5. Ali, I’m absolutely delighted that your studies are going so well… don’t mind the begrudgers, however young they are! I have to confess that when I was in college I felt the stare of disapproval the odd time from certain mature students (older than you I might add)… for us it was all about finding our feet and living independently for the first time, and invariably mistakes were made, but we settled down eventually. It must be difficult working so hard in amongst some people who are basically sailing through a rite of passage more than fighting to learn but I had NO sympathy for this when I was 18!!
    As for blogging, I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus myself, and admire your candour – I think I should probably do the same. I haven’t been able to visit people’s blogs at all this summer and am barely managing to crank out a sketch every fortnight myself. There is hopefully a good reason for this in that my brain is whirring with several different projects and milestones at the moment which may lead to good things, but when something’s got to give, it’s got to be the blog I’m afraid.
    Congratulations again. You’re an absolute inspiration.

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    • Well exactly… they’re having fun and learning about life and that’s important too. I’m not disapproving of that, really I’m not! In addition, uni is probably one of the safest environments in which to do that. But it’s so frustrating when you roll up to class and only a handful of people pitch up, and when the tutor asks us a question about the book we were supposed to have read and there’s silence and a sea of blank faces. Wouldn’t it be fun and educational to have a lively debate with a bunch of different viewpoints? How much more we’d learn, and how much more enjoyable it would be. I’m hoping 2nd year will be better. The ones who couldn’t be bothered last year will be gone, and there’s a degree of choice when it comes to modules, so hopefully the students I’ll be in class with will actually be interested in the subjects they’ve chosen. With respect to blogging, you’ll always have an audience, believe me. Don’t be too hard on yourself, you have a real life as well as a virtual one, and you probably just feel you haven’t been as active as usual… you’ve popped into this blog often enough over the hols, so you’ve prob popped into others just as much, just minus the routine. Kids are back to school next week, so we will be trying to adjust to getting back to normal. I’m actually quite glad about that. I never achieve as much as I think I will at the start of the hols.

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      • I don’t think you were disapproving at all. I definitely met people in college who were, though, and I think it was when getting in as a mature student was even harder than it is now. I get your frustration. 2nd year should be a whole different ball game. A lot of people find it the hardest year. I have to confess my grades actually tanked during mine!!
        And yes, I know I have to give myself a break when it comes to blogging. Perhaps literally. One of the projects I’m working now is taking up a lot of my blogging brain space, and my own readership always drops in July and August anyway. September will be a different story…

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        • I think by the time young people get herded into universities they’re just so sick of studying and exams and who can blame them? Also us mature students need to be less judgemental. We know it’s going to be gull of teens but we forget what that feels like, and we have to adjust. There’s a diplomatic reply for you! 😁 Good luck with your project, sounds exciting! (I’m dying to ask, but far too polite.) πŸ˜‚

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    • Thanks Kertsen. I have definitely eased back. We are always so demanding of ourselves, aren’t we? I felt like I was out of control of my life last semester… I don’t want that to happen again. I know we can’t control everything, and that’s good, but I can make my life easier by evaluating what’s really important and organising myself better. One thing I really missed last year was just being present… noticing the birds singing, that kind of thing. I can’t let that happen. Hope you’re having a good summer. 😊


      • I live at a snail’s pace these days but even as a young man I was lucky enough not to have burning ambition which can be a destructive driving force. That’s not to say life did not keep me busy with four children and often low wages to add to our difficulties.

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        • I’m sure! We are brought up to be so competitive though aren’t we? Sport, grades, jobs, promotion, bigger car/ house/ holiday etc… it’s enough to make you want to drop out and become a hermit!


  6. Congratulations on a great year! So glad you did well! I always enjoyed the academic life, but I got all of my degrees before the age of 25. In my undergraduate days, we always had some “mature” students and as far as I can remember, everybody treated them with respect. The United States academic system is quite different from the British or Irish system, of course. My mother always used to say, if you wanted to get a Master’s degree you need to do it before the age of 50. I agree! At my age (77 years), I wouldn’t possibly have the energy or the drive to go to school. But that doesn’t mean you lose your desire to learn! And I feel like you, Ali, were already an expert in the subject of Irish mythology and how to research it! That part of it should be a breeze for you!

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    • Wow! How many degrees do you have? I was serving in the Royal Air Force in my early twenties. When I came out I had no idea what I wanted to do. I fell into retail management. I never contemplated further education. Where I came from girls left school and went to work in an office or a factory. Boys got an apprenticeship at Vickers Shipbuilding. School fed us into that system. A few went on to do A-levels and degrees, but they were the exception. I must admit, it was the subject which drew me to university, but I guess deep down there was something else pulling me too. Every mature student has a story, they’re searching for something more than just a degree. I’m very lucky to be able to do this at this stage in my life. 😊 Thanks for dropping by!

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      • My mother was college graduate and a teacher, so academics was the natural course of things for me. I went to the same college she had attended, got my Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), then went to graduate school and got a Master of Arts in English literature. That took a year. I intended to continue and get a PhD, but the graduate school experience convinced me I didn’t want to become a college teacher, so I went to library school and got an MLS (Master of Library Science) and then I started my working life. So I have three degrees. As I said, the educational system in the USA is quite different from in the UK.

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        • Yes indeed. You are certainly well qualified. BA takes 3 years here, then another year for a Masters. After that you can do a Doctorate but that takes 6 years on top of what you’ve already done. I won’t be doing that. Sounds like you had a great career!

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  7. This post brought a happy tear to my eye. I love it when people do something for themselves and find a little corner of happiness on the way. I am proud of you and well done girl! Great post BTW and we know you are still there in blogging spirit πŸ™‚

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  8. Just awesome, Ali. I returned to school at age 45 and totally understand how exciting it is. We are never too old to learn and I agree that in many ways we are better students. I love it that you’re going for a Double Honours in Celtic and Irish Medieval Studies, and English. Perfect! Enjoy every minute of it.

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  9. Great work, Ali. Pity you couldn’t ask the tutors for another look to find 0.7%. Hopefully next year will be easier, with less stress. I reckon there is a job out there waiting for you when you finish – it’s just that you’ve vowed never to do it (tour guiding).

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    • Lol! You never give up, do you Colin? The first year doesn’t actually count towards the final result, it’s like a practice run at the real thing. But from now on everything counts, so in a similar situation I would not hesitate to speak to my lecturers about it. Btw I haven’t vowed never to do it, I already guided a group last summer, but driving a bus load of tourists around Ireland isn’t the way I want to do it. If I continue with it, it will be an add on to my other projects. 😊 More about that nearer the time! ( After uni!)


  10. Good for you, Ali. I know what it’s like as I elected to do the same when I was in my ’30s but didn’t last the course. Well, I might have done if I hadn’t become ill before being offered far too tempting acting job!

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    • Oooh… you were an actress? 😍 I knew your parents we’re, but I didn’t know you trod the boards too… what an exciting life you have had! 😊 Thanks Sarah! Xxx


  11. Ireland is in the dark ages when it comes to recognising that students can have different life trajectories. Lots of research on how ill- suited 17 year olds are for direct transition to university. Well done Ali! A your friends and followers are proud of you. Do what you need to do to stay sane and fulfill your goals. Sending good karma your way.

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    • Ah thanks Finola! I agree with you. My sister is a secondary school teacher in Holland where they have different types of further education to suit different types of student, and career… apprenticeships, for example, which are practical hands on type training. It’s not right or necessary that everything be turned into a degree course. Putting every young person into a university may deal with the numbers of unemployed youths, but it’s only political manipulation. It devalues study and turns young people off education because their choice is taken away and they’re forced into it. Interesting that there are studies supporting this… I didn’t know. 😏


  12. Oh Ali, I am in awe of all you have accomplished. And a tad jealous too! I’d love to go to University too and maybe one year I will do. It’s never too late, but money is certainly an issue! I’d love to do a post graduate course in Creative Writing. I have no idea how you manage to juggle everything you are such a remarkable woman and blogging posts like these uplift the heart and make us realise that so much can be accomplished with hard work, sacrifice and determination. Well done at your amazing first year results. Xxxx

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    • Thank you, Marje! Yes, it’s not easy but it’s worth doing. University is about far more than academic learning. If that is what you want to do then I Hope you get to do it one day. The time was just right for me… it was a now or never moment. But I seriously do struggle with managing everything. Still, I’m already a third of the way through! 😊

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      • That’s wonderful Ali. My mum went back to university when we kids were grown up. I was so proud of her when she graduated. It’s such a fantastic journey. Studying truly broadens your mind, and outlook. πŸ™‚

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        • Wow!well done to your mum! I wouldn’t be at all surprised to read a similar post on your blog in a few years time, once your daughters have finished going through the process themselves! Imagine having the tables turned and them coming to YOUR graduation? They’d be so proud! Best of luck, Marje, however your plans turn out. Btw,with regard to fees and funding, it might be a totally different situation than here. It’s definitely worth investigating. I Ireland, we have to pay for EVERYTHING! Not even young people are guaranteed funding, and I know of parents who have sold the family car and other property just to fund a child’s first year through uni. My neighbour has 3 children and not one of them was entitled to any assistance with funding and they are just an average family, not a wealthy one.

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  13. What a wonderful and inspiring post! Education, like youth, is wasted on the young. πŸ˜‰ Congrats on your 1st year results and ‘bonne continuation’!

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    • Thank you so much, Mel! And thanks for dropping by. 😊 I was always a meticulous student, but not naturally bright. I had to work hard to achieve results. That hasn’t changed, but I think I appreciate it more now than I would have back then.

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  14. Everybody realises you have to prioritise Ali, taking on a course like this requires a lot of attention and we knew this from the start. Your visits when you had time to make them were always welcome even if we hadn’t seen you for a while and any blog you managed was great to see.
    Go on and work your way through the next two years and walk away with a First. We’ll be with you all the way and will enjoy reading about your progress if you find the time (joke).
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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    • Aw thank you David! You are always so supportive. I really appreciate that. I’ll do my best at uni, and also at blogging and staying in touch with my friends. What that might look during the next two years I can’t say… probably a bit ragged around the edges like my nerves, I expect! Lol! Huge Hugs to you! Xxx

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  15. Congrats on surviving your first year! What an amazing thing you’re doing (and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your majors). As I was reading I was thinking back to when I was in school, and yeah us “youngins” don’t really attend tutorials and office hours because we’re kind of taught that going to these sorts of things makes you seem dumb… which is definitely the opposite! I also think nerves are a thing too. I was always terrified of speaking one-on-one with my professors. It definitely took until about my second year for me to ever be comfortable going to office hours. Never got over the fear of sending emails though. Best of luck next semester!

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    • Hi BRI! Well, I should clarify my post and not generalise and stereotype my younger fellow students… there are a lot of young people who work hard and do well, too. I guess going to university doesn’t have the same ‘prestige’ that it once had because almost every young person in Ireland goes… whether they want to or not, because there are so few other options available to them. And not everyone is cut out for academia. I can certainly appreciate the nervousness… I am certainly awed by the lifetime of study and volume of knowledge and accreditation some of my lecturers have achieved. Thanks for stopping by… Hope all is well with you. Xxx

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      • Yeah no I agree. I know too many people who didn’t really care at all about their studies at university, but to each their own. It definitely is an interesting mix now that so many have the privilege to go to college–not that it’s a bad thing but it can sometimes distort the education on both sides of the coin. I’ve found professors who have given up as well and it’s all a bit disheartening, but then there are professors who go above and beyond and when you leave the classroom you feel like you’ve opened new doors to the world. It’s all a bit of a coin toss on which kind of classmates/professors you get. I hope everything else is well for you too πŸ™‚

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        • That is do true, Bri. There are teachers like that in secondary schools too. So far all my lecturers have been brimming over with enthusiasm for their subject, but some are clearly only cut out for their research and not suited to teaching others.

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