When I began my Clemente journey in 2009, I could not begin to imagine the journey that would be ahead of me. Like all journeys, there were numerous highlights, and several bumpy patches. In the years since, I have completed a Bachelor of Arts, a postgraduate Bachelor of Philosophy, and I am now studying a Bachelor of Laws. University study has become a long, large part of my life.
I did learn a lot more during the Clemente program than just the content though. I rediscovered my love for English Literature, as well as the academic ability to finish a degree or two. It is a lot harder to doubt yourself once you’ve proven that you can do something.
Outside of study, I did have some health problems to get through, as well as an unsympathetic boss who did not seem to value education. I made it through all of this somehow, and progressed on to my first degree.
After finishing my Bachelor of Arts, I moved on to Macquarie University to keep studying English Literature at a postgraduate level. It was a great experience to share with like- minded academics that have since gone on to other projects and PhDs. I ended that experience with another degree under my belt and a few more friends.
At the moment, I’m back at ACU, studying Law part time while I work full-time. Somehow I managed to find the time to write a novel in amongst that too. While I’m not working within my field of study, I am a lot happier where I am now.
It’s funny the curveballs that life throws at you. Plans change, things happen, and in the end you have an experience that is wholly unique. It might not be exactly the way you planned it, but it is yours. Life has a way of upending the cart, but it does right itself in the end. I am glad that I have had this learning journey, and there isn’t much that I would change if given the chance to do it all over again.