Well, well, well. Big changes are afoot in WordRidden-land. It looks like I’m going to be a student again.
Yes, just three short years after fleeing academia with a sigh of relief to immerse myself in the working world - the “real” world - I find the lure of the college campus too strong to resist (“Just when I thought I was out…”). And so it is that, in just a week and a half, I’ll be trundling off to the University of Sussex to start a master’s degree in applied linguistics.
For over a year now, I’ve been throwing around the idea of heading back to school. I kind of let the whole thing slip, though, until June, when I suddenly decided that I absolutely, positively had to start studying at the university in October (there’s nothing like waiting until the last minute to decide something). Somehow, I actually managed to get my application together and get it sent in by the start of July - and then the waiting game started. I waited to hear back from the university. And I waited. And I called to find out what was going on. And I waited. Called. Waited. Called. Waited. And finally: called again a few days ago to find out that the university had actually lost my application ages ago and no one had realized it.
I’ll spare you the details of the ensuing panic. Needless to say, there was wailing, there was teeth-gnashing, there were expletives galore. There was also the sinking feeling that I am cursed when it comes to important applications going astray. And then there was the re-application process, and many more phone calls, until finally I got the phone call that said I was accepted into the postgraduate program.
So there you have it. Once again, it’s going to be a student’s life for me - not that I haven’t been leading a student-like existence non-stop for the past 12 years anyway, even when I have been working. And the work won’t stop completely; I’m only going to school part-time, so hopefully I can find some reasonable balance between studying, working and playing in the band.
And updating WordRidden, of course.