Thoughts on learning

Posted on October 6th, 2011 by Chaplaincy in Tybed

The other day I was sat at home and thinking about how lives can seem to change so fast. For example think about college life, it was only a few weeks ago that the Autumn term started and I bet that most people are already beginning to get to grips with the routine of their work load and where classrooms are located! It’s noticeable even to me, I started in the Chaplaincy this year and yet in just a short space of time I have settled into the pattern of college life. I am starting to feel at ease, talking to staff and students and I have a ‘sat nav’ like capability of locating the coffee shops and canteen! Being at Deeside College is starting to feel like the norm, like I’ve always been here and I am sure this is the case for many of you as you meet & socialise with new friends and get stuck into your courses.

I mention all this because I vividly remember the feeling of being a new person when I went to University 3 years ago. I’d driven miles away from my home to the south of Wales, got out of my car and burst into tears, afraid of the unknown. Yet 3 years later I came out of University, not only with a Degree, but with close friends and knowledge enough that I wouldn’t feel completely out of depth in my new role as Assistant Curate of a large Parish.

Those 3 years honestly seemed to go so quick, they really did. At the start I never thought I would get through them, it just seemed SUCH a long time. There were times when the modules were great, really interesting and exhilarating and there were times when I wanted to be anywhere else but in a classroom. Since then I have experienced learning for myself, doing something that had the great possibility of changing the way I live my life, giving me freedom to work in a field I love, well I wouldn’t waste a moment of those opportunities, and believe me on occasions I nearly did.

I think what I am trying to reflect on here is the fact that so many of us start college courses and get downhearted or find it hard to settle into student life. When I was in my late teens I started and then promptly failed to complete so many courses that my parents never thought I would finish anything! On retrospect it was because when the going got tough, I got scared. I thought it would be easier to just struggle on in the job I was doing, that way I wouldn’t have to meet new people or have to experience lots of difficult things that I didn’t think I could do. Ok it wasn’t what I really wanted to do but it would do.

Well having actually completed a course I now see things so differently!  I went from thinking that college life would probably end up being another lost opportunity to thinking and acting on the idea that I should work through the tough times (with help from my tutors, the University Chaplaincy and of course my friends) and not let them get the better of me. That one decision made such a big difference in my life. Learning has the potential to stop us being in jobs we feel we’ll end up doing for the rest of our lives and gives us hope to do something that we would love to do and have a passion for.

And what about timing? If you are in the first year, it might seem a million miles away to finishing the course, but you can get through it and it will go so fast! Just ask someone who is in their last year, I’m sure they will be looking to the next stage in their lives and becoming excited about them, just like we did the first few days we came to college!


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