Nov 062008
 

Some of you may be wondering where I have been the last two days. I have not been on IRC, forums, or on the radio much at all this last 48 hours. I did call in to the BARC 2m net the other night… put in one over, then handed it on to the next station, going clear and turning the radio off.

I’ve been studying for a digital communications subject. I was planning this would be my last subject… but alas… the university threw a spanner in the works there by deciding to choose now to inform me that I was not elligible to graduate, due to a deficit of about 36 credit points (3 subjects).

The last two years of university have been the most stressful. This last one would have possibly seen me meet my end had I gone the full 4 subjects/semester. The high levels of anxiety and stress this course has put me through have been unbearable at times, and there have been some close calls.

The email I received delivering the above bad news… had me literally inches (or is that litres) from taking my own life. It’s a little known fact that when you drink too much water, it causes one’s kidneys to shut down in a process known as water intoxication. I clearly didn’t get to that point, but I had a few pains that suggested I was nearing the ballpark figure needed.

I have no idea how people are meant to complete such a course, and still remain in a sane mental state fit for employing. The various support services within the uni have been great — but that’s not an option for everyone.

At the moment, I’m only really studying now to see if I can actually pass this subject… but my heart isn’t in it anymore. I’m fed up with uni, and I really don’t know what to do now.

Guess I’ll be joining the dole queue next year after all.

For those who were thinking of trying the double IT/EE degree offered by QUT (formerly IF59)… I would not recommend it to anyone. The stuff-around I have experienced during this course is as such I would not even recommend it to my greatest enemy.

  One Response to “Fed up with uni”

  1. I hope your place survived the recent storms, I hear The Gap copped the most of it.

    Recently I’ve been going through my own hell of sorts, having a hard time juggling 50+ hours a week at work, quality time with my girlfriend and also freelance work on the side. On top of all this, I am in the midst of applying for a new visa in an increasingly more difficult country to gain clearance.

    It’d be crazy of you now, after spending so many years, and so much money just to leave it all behind for the Centre Stink queue. At the same time, I know if you were to do another semester you might just end up completely burning out or doing something nobody wants to see you do. Maybe you need to take a semester or an entire year off, get some work, maybe related to the things you’ve been studying. Try and get some low-stress work, and by the end of the time off, you’ll have more experience to put in the CV, a lot less anxiety and stress, and paid off some of your HECS all in one. Yes, it may stretch the time it’s taken you to achieve this degree, but I think if you stand back and do something else for a little bit, your will and desire to see this through might be restored.