So, I have a reputation amongst my friends are the nerd of the group. This is well evidenced as technically I haven’t left school since I was 4.
I love learning and I am not ashamed of it. Assignments and exams just don’t fill me with the same level of dread as most people.
Now before you label me as the biggest weirdo you have come across this week, let me explain.
I studied my undergraduate degree at Swansea University (English Lit) and I loved it. I wasn’t really sure where I wanted to go with my career but I knew that I loved reading and so it seemed like the obvious choice to me. There isn’t one part of that course that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy (ignoring that dodgy English language module in 1st year).
University was much more than just the course though. It opened my mind. I lived in a new place, I met new people, it was three years of my life that I can honestly say changed me in more ways than one.
Then I graduated (hello real world!) and something was missing for me. I enjoyed working, I liked being busy but my mind didn’t feel satisfied. I missed education. Within six months I started a professional certificate in Public Relations with the CIPR.
Towards the end of the certificate I applied to study a Foundation Degree in IT Management for Business with Cardiff Met and my love affair with education continued.
In March 2015 I finished the FD and I knew I needed my next fix. After seeing a postgraduate open evening coming up at the University of South Wales I decided to go and get some more info. I was also immediately sold on an MSc in Public Relations, and I started the course in February this year.
I can definitely feel a huge difference in studying at 26 and working compared to being an 18 year old full time student. I am much more focused, and due to my various life responsibilities I have had to learn to manage my time much more effectively. I also know what I want out of my career, which means that I am determined to get the most out of the MSc.
Lately I have started to think about why it is I love to be studying because, in all honestly, I am mentally happiest when I am focused on some form of learning. Control is definitely part of this love affair. Education is pretty straight forward, if you put the work in, you get the results. There aren’t many other things in life like that.
I also enjoy having set deadlines that have a measurable result at the end. In the working world this doesn’t happen in the same way, and although you might get told by one person that you did a good job, there is usually someone close by that doesn’t agree.
There is of course the general love of learning something knew. Expanding my mind and finding out about something that I didn’t previously know or understand.
Finally, I’ve met some of the most interesting, intelligent, like minded, nicest people on the courses that I have studied. They have all added to my learning experience massively and I have made some awesome friends along the way.
So my love of all things geeky probably isn’t going to end any time soon, along with my glorious collection of student loans. I will always encourage people to go further with their education and can guarantee that there is so much more to it than just a few letters after your name.