AI: Back to school (or college… or university)
I originally started university straight out of school in 2009. If I’d continued as normal I’d be entering my final year now (here in the UK bachelors degrees take three years and my course includes an extra year for a masters degree, as many other science courses do). However, I ended up getting ill in my first year, and “a couple of resits” turned into “a couple of years trying to get the right medication and therapy while not doing very much else”. I ended up planning to study through the Open University, since I could never have taught myself the five lecture courses’ worth of material I missed thanks to often being unable to leave my halls, and hence couldn’t go back into the second year. Or so I thought… My situation changed earlier this year when I was told that there had been a misunderstanding and I was allowed to repeat my first year. I’ll be back in London in just over two weeks!
As you can imagine I’m pretty excited, though also incredibly nervous. However, I’m trying to concentrate on the positives. I’ll be doing physics and maths full-time again, this time with a lot of support from the university (and hopefully no breakdowns). Some of my friends from my first first year are still in college or elsewhere in the city, and there will be loads more new people to meet (even if I am three years older than my peers). Having lived in a village for the last two years, getting back to a place where exciting things are constantly going on even within walking distance will be great. Another thing in particular that I’m excited about is that this year a few students started up a feminist society in response to sexism on campus – I can’t wait to get involved in that and hopefully help change the university for the better.
(Why yes, I did just hijack this week’s Thursday AI to squee for a couple of paragraphs…)
Are you returning, or have you recently returned, to full-time education? What are you most enjoying or looking forward to? What’s the situation like for LGBTQ* people where you study – is there any kind of feminist presence there?
The Afternoon Inqueery (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Queereka community. Look for it to appear on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, at 3pm ET.
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