Thursday, February 21, 2013

Changing up gears

OK. So the blog has been a little quiet. Nothing to worry about, its just that my life has been quiet in the lead-up to uni.

The kids came down for a week in January and it was a lovely time, albeit a little stressful. It never ceases to amaze me how much introducing three much loved kids into a usually quiet life can be akin to meeting a whirlwind! But we had fun at the pool and at the movies, and hanging out at home with craft activities. I am looking forward again to the April holidays although Caleb was a little disappointed that Easter does not coincide with the school holidays this year which means that they will miss out on the Royal Easter Show.

So what followed my beautiful mini's whirlwind visit was a period of about six weeks of almost nothingness. There is only so much knitting and TV one can handle and I think I fell into a bit of a pre-Uni funk. I got cold feet about going to Canberra after realising just how far away it is from my existing support networks and my family. I didn't want to fall over in Canberra and not be near someone who loved me fiercely.

So I made some enquiries and discovered that my Offer of Enrolment at the University of Wollongong was still current. To this day I totally believe that it is where I am meant to be. I got in touch fairly early with the Disabilities Officer who was fantastic with helping me find accomodation and sorting out my uni arrangements for 2013. I was offered a place at Marketview which is in the heart of the city. It is close to everything and just a quick bus ride down to uni which has everything else that I need that the city doesn't already offer.

I moved into Marketview a week ago and I am loving it here. I have my own room with ensuite, queen size bed, fridge, desk, chair, internet. There is a communal kitchen down the hallway and a hang-out space in the foyer of the college. We even have a coffee shop in the foyer so it is a great place to catch up with friends. While I don't quite fit the demograph of most of the college students (I am older by at least 7-8 years from the oldest resident) the students are warm and welcoming. I am not much of a party-er like alot of the younger students are, but my room is on the top floor with the mature-age and postgraduate students. I mostly hang out in my room while I am home but I love to go down to the foyer with a book in hand and just "be" with the other students coming and going around me.

This week coming up is O-Week and it is going to be great. I have been put on as a student Team Leader with the Centre for Student Engagement. So that basically means that I get to help with the UniCentre social events and I am also the Fundraising Co-ordinator for the S4S Gala Dinner which is part of our S4S (Students 4 Students) Leadership Conference in September. There is so much to do at uni my mind is boggling! I think it is going to be a case of choosing what NOT to do rather than choosing what to do! Again, the staff at the CSE are fantastic and I feel very much at home in their company.

On top of the O-Week events that I will be volunteering at next week, I currently have a short-term job working for the University for a week in the Mature Age and Postgraduate Programme, calling all of the first year Mature age and Postgrad students to orientate them to the university (well, I don't personally call all of them - I have a portfolio of people to call!) It is a fun  job and the pay is great. It is certainly a shame that it only lasts a week!

So that's me to the present time! I hope that this post finds you all well and living rich and fulfilling lives

Love you all
Fi