Today my study officially kicked off. Since quitting my job (well since well before quitting my job), this is what I’ve been waiting for. So this morning, as the emails rolled in, letting me know that papers were open online, I was excited, distracted, nervous, and couldn’t wait to get home.
And when I did get home, I jumped on the computer and saw what was ahead of me. I am doing 4 papers this semester, all leading towards a Graduate Diploma in Career Development. And I’ve heard that it’s a big course load. But when I first got into it, it didn’t seem too bad. Each paper has two assignments, as well as a Reflective Journal (aka a blog). There are a couple of readings each week for each one. All quite do-able really.
But then I started putting everything into my planner, thought about how much I usually get done in a day, and the other things I have coming up in the next few months, and realised that this might be a bit more difficult than I first thought. Don’t get me wrong, I’m willing to work hard for this, but I also know that I need to be kind to myself, and not get burned out on it.
At this stage, I’m not planning to change anything. But I did make sure I checked out when I could pull out of papers and still get a full refund (10% of the course length, or the middle of next week). So I’m going to see how I go once I see the printed materials, and make a decision then.
In the meantime, I’m planning in ways to get things done, thinking about how I can do work over Easter, and contemplating a study trip to visit my sister and her new baby!