Hi, my name is Thinkie, welcome to my blog!
I'm a student in cultural studies, a museum enthusiast, a scrapbooker and an art journaler. I love to travel within Europe and I enjoy photography. You can read more about me on my homepage.
And in Dutch I enjoy:
I live, I love, I create, I capture, I learn, I enjoy.
Learn / LerenAs you might have noticed, I am trying to incorporate ways to share the things I have learned in my blogposts. They represent what I'm doing these days, and they are a fun way for me to work with some of the things I have learned so I can remember them more easily. This is also my solution to be able to keep blogging on a regular basis, since I have decided to go to university!
I have been dreaming of this for years, and always wanted to study history. But my health won't allow me to attend a lot of classes, and even with the part time options regular universities offer, the demands on my health and limited energy would be to high. And then I found the Open University. Only a limited amount of classes on location, most of the work can be done at home whenever it suits me. No examns in the morning (which is pretty mucht the middle of the night for me so I can't concentrate too well...), and you can choose how much classes you take on. Wow! That sounded doable for me! They don't offer history. But when I started to read the class descriptions for something that sort of translates as Cultural Studies (but isn't exactly the same thing), I fell in love. It combines studying literature, history, art history and philosophy. Taking all my interests into account, this is even more me than 'just' history! A lot of thinking, talking and dreaming followed. It's pretty expensive and since I don't expect to be able to take on more than a small job when I'm done, it's not cost-effective and it wouldn't be wise to borrow the money. So something's gotta go. And that something has to be vacations. Not all of them, mind you! But however much I love the traveling, and even though that's something we enjoy together, going to university has always been such an important dream to me. It's what I wanted to do when I grew up. Study.
In many ways I have a great life, but something was missing. I always kept reading and especially the past few years I was trying to still my appetite for learning with visiting museums, watching documentaries, attending lectures and classes, traveling... But whatever I did, my appetite wasn't being stilled but kept growing, like something inside of me that had been hushed... well not asleep but into dozing, woke up. Like part of my brain woke up. Maybe not to the point of where I was before I got CFS, I still experience brainfog and my short term memory and concentration aren't working properly, but it felt like the fog was losing density for a little while when I was learning about subjects I love. I feel like I live to learn, to gain knowledge and to put my brain to work. That's where my strenght lies, not in my body with all its limitations, but in my ability to learn, to understand, to make connections and to analyze. I wasn't fulfilling my potential, I was enjoying myself but I wasn't doing what I wanted most. My health was holding me back and I feel like I have found a loophole. I feel like I'm finally getting the chance that I've been waiting for all those years. And I have decided to take that chance!
Maarten is backing me up 100%, I couldn't do it without him. He is demanding 2 vacations a year, so I'm sure I'll have travelstories to share, and there will be some time left for crafting. I'll keep taking photo's and reading and visiting museums, although many of those things will have something to do with my studies. That's the cool thing about this, I don't have to choose, because I can plan it so that I have some time and energy left for other things, and expect to find that many of the things I love are or can be incorporated in my studies.
I have enrolled in university last week and have already started my studies, I'm so excited and the stuff I'm learning is so interesting! Difficult enough to challenge me a little, but not too difficult, just what I needed! I have started with a class that familiarizes the student with some basics of culture studies and with the kind of education you get at Open University. This will take about half a year and than after summer I hope to take one a couple of classes at once. I expect to need about seven years to get my Bachelor degree. I have already noticed that many of the subjects make me want to look into/brush up on all kinds of things, and that most of the knowledge I have gained over my years of self-education will come in handy. So I'll have to find a balance in looking things up and brushing up on things like French, latin, German, History, and not being all over the place. I need to focus! And since the stuff I need to focus on is exactly my cup of tea, I quite like that!
In this light I'm sure it will be no surprise when I tell you that my word for 2011 is 'Learn'. It's actually a logical thing to follow my earlier words 'Finish' and 'Simplify' that allowed me to make some room in my life to focus more on my education. Although I had no idea things would get this serious!
I'm hoping to keep blogging on a (semi)daily basis. There might be more post with no or few photo's. But I'll keep it a mix of creativity, information, (visual) inspiration, and sharing of my (travel)experiences. Are you ready to accompany me on my new journey?
Ordering my first class online.
I was so happy to receive this box! And the contents are just pure yumminess to me!
Zoals je misschien hebt gemerkt probeer ik manieren te vinden om de dingen die ik leer in m'n blogposts te verwerken. Ze representeren wat ik tegenwoordig doe, en zijn een leuke manier voor me om de dingen die ik leer te verwerken zodat ik ze beter kan onthouden. Dit is ook mijn oplossing om regelmatig te kunnen blijven bloggen, aangezien ik heb besloten te gaan studeren!
Geplaatst op 02-01-2011.
Reactie van MaritWat geweldig Thinkie!!! HE.LE.MAAL. FAN.TAS.TISCH!!!! Ik snap helemaal wat je bedoelt met je blogpost - studeren verdiept en maakt je wereld ťn je innerlijk groter en mooier en, en.. woorden schieten hier te kort, merk je dat?! Ennuh... het is verslavend hoor! Hoe meer je leert, hoe meer je wilt weten - maar dat zei je zelf ook al dus dat had je al ontdekt. Ik wens je een hele goede en plezierige 'reis' (want studeren is ook reizen - in je hoofd!) en ik zal je pad met plezier blijven volgen!
Reactie geplaatst op 2011-01-03.
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