I am VERY excited to be starting my degree this year as a full time student at the University of Canberra. I have studied before – back when I was ‘meant’ to – fresh from Year 12 – but a love of coffee breaks and sleep-ins meant I was less than successful and ended up ‘getting a proper job’ instead.
Now, at 40 I have the opportunity to go back and have another crack at it. You see, I have three small children and whilst I am desperate (after 2 years at home) to get out in the world and seek some adult conversation – a little debate on interesting topics, drinking coffee with grown ups (whilst still hot) and being able to go to the loo on my own…. Ahhhh (insert dreamy sigh here)
But I digress – I will be starting Uni in a couple of weeks and am excited beyond words. I am however in a fairly anxious state between now and when my timetable is confirmed. You see, the degree that I am doing requires 12 contact hours of lectures and tutorials per week. I have lined up childcare 2 days a week (all I can afford at the current astronomical rates – but that’s another story) and a day with my mum. I need to make my studies work in that time and if I can’t I need to know so that I can make other arrangements.
With Uni starting on the 17th of February I am told my schedule will be confirmed on the 14th of February… No, I’m not kidding. I did all that I was meant to and selected my units in December and my tutorial preferences mid January and yet will not receive confirmation of my timetable until the Friday before I am meant to start. What exactly happens if I need to juggle something around? Or should I be in a position where I have full time child care arranged to ensure I can make things fit?
When attempting to confirm my children’s swim instructors a couple of weeks ago I came up against the same challenge. The swim school had to wait for their Uni students (who are instructors part time) to receive their timetables so that they could work out when they are available to teach.
So, I completely ‘get’ that study like this is a privilege and that I am lucky to be in a position to return to uni, but this just seems like such an un-necessary hurdle. All selections were done online. Why is there such a delay in turning around the outcomes???