More like a marathon than a Sprint
Today I went back to the college where I spent the first two years of my Social Studies 2+2 course because I wanted to motivate the current second year students. I just wanted them to know that things will get better. Two years of core modules in Politics, Sociology, Research and Health, Welfare and Social Policy will be sooooooo worth it when they arrive at Warwick campus next year and study modules of their choosing.
I remember sitting in class last year, going through a marital separation, experiencing mental and physical anguish aggravated by eczema flare ups and stressed about what to study for my Research project (ironically, I was subsequently inspired to research stress and the mature student!) But I was ready to quit. I felt so overwhelmed. But I am glad that I didn’t give up. I persevered, kept plodding on and cried bucketloads. But I am so grateful to be here today, looking back on my first term. It has been awesome. I can’t stop grinning when I’m on campus. If you see a crazy looking woman in a world of her own, grinning inanely, that’s probably me!
I threw myself into studying and workshops, signed up for anything that would improve my skills. I’m a bit of a technophobe and luddite, yet I signed up for several IT courses too. But that is also probably more because I find Pete Hall, the facilitator, highly entertaining. I went along to society events and met loads of lovely and inspiring people along the way. I stepped courageously out of my comfort zone. It wasn’t without fear or doubt, but it was definitely worth it.
Last week I attended the last session of the Sprint Programme and that is something I recommend every woman signs up for. A fun and empowering but intensive workshop, it focuses on self-confidence and assertiveness skills and encourages women to step unapologetically into their authentic power. Hence my jeans and hoodies have now been handed down to my daughters because I feel it is time for my wardrobe to evolve along with me.
May your Winter holidays be beautiful and blessed and may you return relaxed and rejuvenated and ready to start 2019 with all the enthusiasm and motivation you can muster. Because this is your future you are working towards and it starts right here.