Studying when you are a grown up* is miserable. I know it’s supposed to be liberating, and because you are choosing to do it (rather than just following the pattern of life), you absorb so much more, That may well be true, however what it also means is a complete absence of guilt-free free time. I don’t think I ever truly appreciated what my parents did for me when I studied Pharmacy. My ‘job’ was to go to uni, and study. I had a part-time job that I used to take time off from when exams were looming. Social occasions, no dramas, any minimal ongoing study I did could easily fit around my engagements. I helped occasionally with the washing and cooked the odd meal but otherwise I was a professional student, no bills, no responsibility. Bliss. Add to that I had a nice safe Australian University that wanted me to pass, so as long as I attended lectures and reread the course material before the exam I was sorted.
This time around I finish my (more than) full-time job around 6 or 7pm and launch into another two hours of study. I regularly have to turn down events and when I go to them I bore those around me with tales of my upcoming exam. My weekends are spent in my pyjamas frantically trying to make up for the nights I couldn’t write notes. I don’t have time to clean or cook or even do the things that keep my spark burning. Everything in my life is being sacrificed and I just hope it isn’t permanent. I gotta tell you, I’m feeling pretty blue about it. There is no welcoming Australian University this time. Failure is common in the WSET Diploma, pass rates sit at around 30-40% for the exam I am about to do… in nine and a half weeks.
So things have been a bit quiet in blogland and nothing is likely to change for nine and a half weeks. But my goodness I have a list of things to do once this exam is ticked off. Just promise you’ll stick around?
In the meantime some of my favourite bloggers have featured me on their blogs.
I have guest-posted my favourite whoopee pie recipe over on the superb Bake Play Smile
Sammie from The Annoyed Thyroid asked for my thoughts on selecting wine
And I was delighted to be featured by I Spy Plum Pie as her ‘Foodie of the Month’. Do be sure to check out her blog for lots of wonderful tips on living more sustainably too.
*I know I don’t always behave like it, but technically I am a grown-up. Boo!