Wow, time passes by so quickly – it doesn’t feel like 3 years have passed since that last blog-entry and still – the date on the calender tells me so.
So many things have changed. Ileana has grown so much, learned so much – she just turned 4 a few days ago. Dog Nelson is still with us … as you can see on the picture below. He’s still a great dog, patient, has a good soul – but his main focus is on food. If I go into the kitchen – he follows. If we come back from a walk – he expects a treat. When we had dinner – he’ll sit in front of the kitchen, telling me “Hey, I want my food now too!”. And if I leave some food on the table and I forget to close the door… it is well possible that I have to cook again. He’s never stolen anything from the table when he was younger, but over the last years that has become a real problem.
We moved house twice – were living in a tiny place for more than 2 years and are so lucky to be living in a bigger apartment now. I have been studying Business Informatics for the last 2,5 years and hope to be finished by September 2016. Those studies have turned my opinion about students somewhat around. Studying can be really tough and stressful. The programme I am attending is aimed at people who want to get a degree in a relatively short amount of time. We have to pass all exams and accomplish 30ECTS per semester, each semester has two semester-halves á 8 weeks, sometimes we were lucky enough to have the one or other buffer-week. 1 ECTS-point is equivalent to 25 hours á 60 mins study-time. This means that one has to study >40 hours a week.
The study-programme is meant to be suitable for people who want to work and study – in my case household-child-study. We started out with 60 people… 6 months later 40 were still attending the programme … today 8 of our original group are still there. Many dropped out or had to repeat a year. Though I feel very priviledged, as Ileana integrated well into a day-care-center and later into kindergarten, so I got to study throughout the day too, there were still countless nigths when I was studying til 2…3…4 a.m. in the morning. Exams were nerve-wrecking for me, after almost 20 years without exams, I was always very nervous, had blackouts, passed some by 1 point and failed some by 1 point – had to do them again. But that’s over and done with now for the time being. All exams are passed. I am doing an apprenticeship now, will write my 2nd bachelor thesis and in September there’s “only” the bachelor-exam left to do. It was go-go-go for the last years and I am so looking forward to having a weekend again soon, which I can really enjoy and where I don’t have to think about what part of which homework I should still be doing in the evening. And hey… after saving up some money, there might even be an option for a holiday again 😉
And still… WOW… I am so grateful for the opportunities that came along, for my friends and family, who are constantly supporting me, listening to me and lifting me up, when I feel down! We are living in a wonderful and peaceful country, we are healthy most of the time – LIFE is GOOD!