Wow I just looked and saw that I haven’t posted on here for over two months. It’s been a hectic time with my uni courses, working full time and getting out and about a bit as much as possible. I took my last exam for the first semester this week and so am now enjoying some holiday time from work for a few days and from studying for the next month or so so life right now is a bit calmer.
So far I have mainly been taking full advantage of our new subscription to Netflix! I resisted subscribing whilst I was studying as I knew I wouldn’t have time to really enjoy watching the shows on there and didn’t want to get distracted from studying because of having it. I have started watching a few different series (Nashville, Pretty Little Liars & Suits) and am really impressed by the services and variety of shows although the shows available are not as good as in other countries still – get it together Netflix!
Studying was a bit tough to be honest, especially in the run up to the exams when I was starting to feel pretty tired between working and studying. I’m lucky because I’m an “external” student even though I live in Darwin where the university is located so I can watch the lectures in my own time and attend the seminars online so don’t have to race down to the campus straight from work.
I generally spent the whole of one of the days on the weekend from around 9am – 5pm watching lectures and preparing for the seminars the following week this intensified when it came to assignment time. The seminars are up to 1.5 hours and I quickly discovered I needed to go to the earlier seminars as otherwise it wouldn’t finish until after 8.30pm which meant that I was not really as focused as I needed to be because of being tired so it wouldn’t be very helpful for me to learn.
I was thinking of doubling my study load next semester to four subjects but I realised this wouldn’t be sustainable for me because I am still learning lots in my job because I am working in a completely different area of law and it would be pretty tiring to study more than I already am whilst working full time and trying to enjoy some of the non study things I enjoy doing.
This does mean that it will drag out the time until I qualify because the remaining subjects I need to study are only available in the second semester of each year and I was determined to qualify as soon as possible but I’ve kind of realised it doesn’t matter if it takes a bit longer as long as I qualify as I am able to do legal work in my job which I love doing.
So for now I am going to enjoy some time off and especially enjoy all of the dry season things that are on at the moment on the weekends like markets, concerts, festivals and generally being outdoors with low humidity before semester 2!