Academic Year 2011-12

It has been well over a year (in fact, checking the date of my last entry it’s actually been nearly two) since I last posted. In the time since I started what was the last course before I was awarded (in September 2010) a BA (Hons) 2:2 in English Literature not much has changed. I am an aunt for the fourth time (my sister is officially insane), I have lost over seven stone in weight, joined a gym (I hate it), moved flat (again) and found a new companion in the form of a black and mud-brown kitten called Shadow (who lives very well up to his name).

Despite these changes I remain rather dissatisfied with my lot in life, but I have only myself to blame for that particular aspect so I am writing here again because in an effort to find something to pass the time I have decided to start studying again. In October this year I begin my journey into further academia with my first course on the Classics in the form of a Level 3 Humanities course A330 Myth in the Greek and Roman Worlds. I am looking forward to this new venture with renewed vigour and the prospect of homework, though daunting, is something I am anticipating eagerly, determined as I am to pick up information on an area of study I have always had an interest in. Granted it may not be the course that gets me promoted, or published, or anything other than another degree, but it is something I am interested in, and for me that is far more important. For me the acquisition of knowledge (in whatever form) is as vital as breathing and I could almost cry when I hear my sister’s children telling me that Harold did get shot in the eye in the Battle of Hastings and even worse “reading is boring”. How can anyone say that a rich tapestry of different and new worlds is boring?

Of course, this reintroduction to academia has been coupled with a renewed interest in writing as well as an increasing desire to read anything and everything. Since last Monday I have read 13 books (I am currently halfway through book 14), 4 of which were purchased for my Kindle (fantastic toy if only they could figure out the page numbering). This weekend will mark the start of course prep though – I am going to purchase a couple of the books (there are only four this year which really makes a dramatic change for me) and start reading them. Granted they aren’t literature in a modern sense, but I have no doubt that Ovid’s interpretation of Greek/Roman myth will be fascinating (I have read much dryer texts on the subject in the past, including those by Robert Graves).

To say that I am feeling much better about my lot since I signed up for my course is not an understatement by any means. The knowledge that in a few months I will have no choice but to read and write things which make me think is something I have been dreaming about since I finished EA300 Children’s Literature and realised that I was going to have to take a break and recoup my energies.

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