I start every new post saying I will definitely be blogging once every week and here I am again, weeks after my last post (by the way, this one started last week but I was in the middle of exams so I abandoned it). I hope you all enjoyed your Easter break. I enjoyed mine, I got out a lot and spent time with family and friends.
If you are moving to Canada or you are already in Canada and have children and you want to go to school, I will be straight up with you, it’s very busy! It’s very busy but also rewarding. I’m a very hands on mama and like to do a lot of stuff with my children so this makes it a bit tough to juggle things. I also like to make most of our meals and I cook mostly with fresh stuff, that’s not to say I don’t freeze them when I cook, I just don’t like commercially made food that much. I occasionally do the store bought food and I’ve had to cut myself some slack with the whole school thing.
I had exams throughout last week, like back to back Monday to Thursday. Thank God Mr A has been around which really helped. I was off cooking and morning school run duties. I finished on Thursday and I just sl-eeeeeeept! I was sleep deprived in a major way. LOL. Thank God not every week is like that.
I’ve had time to reflect on my first semester and how well I have done in the past 3 months. Yes, I am giving myself a pat on the back for holding down the home front, studying late into the night most days and still acing my courses. I whined on some days and some days I have questioned why I am really doing this 🙂 but it’s definitely worth it.
I remember one of the tough weeks when I was writing my midterms and my daughter said, ‘mum I think you should just drop out’. I was like what? She said you’re stressed and maybe you should just stop. My 6 year old advising me to drop of out school? No way! I definitely saw this as a teaching moment and I told her “you don’t quit because it is too hard, you don’t stop going because there’s a bump in the road, you focus on what is ahead and you keep going”. Of course, I’m not a quitter, so I don’t intend to quit but I am also showing my children an example, how to persevere, how to endure even if you have circumstances against you. She listened to me and said ok, mummy, we are not quitters.
I think this society kind of teaches children it’s ok to stop if you find it too hard or if you just think it’s not easy. I hear lots of young people in college talking about how they dropped out of one thing or the other or how they might just stop if too stressful and I know we don’t want to raise our children with such a mindset. We have to teach them the lessons of perseverance, the lesson that hard work in the right direction pays and the lesson that you will reap the reward if you put in the effort. It is not OK to throw in the towel, just because you don’t like the amount of work you need to put in. On the flip side, I also appreciate the fact that the environment allows you to have many chances. You don’t have to get stuck in a rut. If you are not happy in a field anymore, you are free to move to another one. You can study multiple, unrelated things.
I’ve asked myself recently why I thought University was hard when I was in OAU years ago. Had I known! 🙂 I was single, I had no other job than to be a student and I still thought there was so much to do. I just look at the teenagers who say schooling is so hard in my class right now and I laugh. When most of them find out all I do, they are like are you serious? How do you do it?
I’ve gotten several compliments from my professor about how hard working and consistent I am and it warms my heart. Yes, I aim for all As, I am a perfectionist and when one prof advised me to lower my expectations for myself, I rolled my invisible eyes. LOL. I aimed for A+ and if I couldn’t, an A. Out of 6 courses, I have 4 A+ and an A. I am waiting for one more result. I also like how the system rewards hard work. Back then in my uni days, I never had such high grades despite putting in so much work and being the best graduating student in my specialised area.
And now, I’m so glad to be on my 2 weeks break. I needed the breather and I am happy my husband is still here to spend it with. Yay. I could totally live like this every day. Having him around all through my exam period was a huge relief. He kept the house going…yay to the hubbies who do their bit!
I am looking forward to my second semester, it opens a new chapter. I will be working 2 days placement in a child care centre so I will be getting some Canadian experience and having a glimpse into how child care works around here. I’ve heard a lot, I will have a first hand experience. I want to enjoy my break though. Suggestions on what I can do? I am not completely free but taking some time off is necessary.
I don’t know why I keep volunteering for stuff in the children’s school but I think it keeps you in the know and you get to mingle. Tomorrow, I am attending a volunteer’s tea in the afternoon, what do they wear for such stuff? :-). I am volunteering for the school barbecue and will be attending the meeting, then I will be helping my son’s class make a banner on Friday. I definitely enjoy doing these things and I have made so many new friends or shall I say acquaintances in my children’s school.
What did you do for Easter? I bet some people are already counting down to the next holiday 🙂
I hope to post soon again.