September 28, 2004

Old folk get scared too!

In his opening address, Professor David VandleLinde offered words of sympathy and comfort for those students away from home for the first time. Leaving the shelter of a loving family and being alone in a new environment is a daunting prospect.

I left home ten and a half yrs ago when I was 19yrs old; not to go to university, but to live in a house of my own not 5 minutes drive away. Even though I knew the person I'd be living with I was terrified!

Now, as a mature student going home every evening, I'm STILL terrified…

So much is new; people, proceedures, lectures, 30 minutes on the M42 in rush hour… (I hate motorways)

More than anything, I'm afraid that one single year on an Access to Higher Education course will not have given me the knowledge I need to succeed in my chosen degree (Biomedical Chemistry). I'm assured it will but, at this early stage and a lecture in Proteins, Genes and Genetics under my belt, it's had to believe I'll get through the first term let alone graduate.

And so, as an oldie who should have it together by now but still wanted my Mum at 9:00am on Monday, I say well done to all those students who left their parents for the first time last week end; as if you didn't have enough to contend with, now you have to do your own washing as well…xxx


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  1. Welcome to Warwick Vicky. I actually admire your bravery more, it takes a lot to go to University as a "mature" student. Good luck!

    28 Sep 2004, 22:22

  2. Victoria, you are going to love it! I came here as a mature student in 2000; I'm still here as a Postgrad and they are going to have to carry me out of academia in a box.
    Access to H.E. gives you all you need to survive and more than that, all you need to excel; the recognition that you can do it if you want it. Your life experience will carry you forward and will most probably be an inspiration to all who meet you. Just be yourself.
    Marianne Williamson tells us:

    "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,
    Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
    It's our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
    We ask ourselves: who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
    Actually, who are you not to be?
    You are a child of the universe.
    Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
    There is nothing enlightening about shrinking, so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
    We are born to make manifest the glory of the universe that is within us. It's not just in some of us: it is in everyone.
    And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
    And as we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others"

    Ok, it is a bit hippy, but it's the thought that counts – feel free to get out there and liberate some people with your brilliance!

    28 Sep 2004, 23:15

  3. Thank you. Quite often I've felt that my presence causes people to think "God I wish she'd shut up…" But I'll give the liberating thing a go.

    28 Sep 2004, 23:32

  4. Hey vikki, Im reply to your comment on my blog cos I could work out how to do it directly back to you (bar my roots I am blonde) lol Love your entry x

    30 Sep 2004, 09:23

  5. Oh …. how I envy you Vicki. I went to Birmingham to read English and History, and graduated in 1983. It was three years of incredibly hard work (house, children, cats, diy, cooking etc etc in addition to study) but probably the most fulfilling time of my life. And it was followed by a great career – doing lots of different things, enjoying it and earning well at the same time. But the best time, the very best time, was at Uni. Cherish it all, and hang on to the friendships that you make. They'll last for the rest of your life.

    02 Mar 2005, 13:33


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