saffiter: (Any landing you can walk away from)
Ow.

So, not sure if I told you or not, but I've taken up rollerblading. It was just up and down the streets to start with, but my housemate and I (she'd bought her blades back from the States, this is what started it all. I used to rollerskate all the time, but thought I'd try blading to keep her company) discovered very quickly that we lacked certain skills....like the ability to stop.

Kinda important to be able to stop. I couldn't keep jumping over gutters and using the grass...or a convenient tree...or a fence...to stop all the time. So, lessons had to be found. We tracked down DIGI Skate out at Browns Plains. They run adult skating lessons every Tuesday night.

I've actually been doing quite well at it (which is surpising me no end). I'm up in the highest group now. We've been doing stuff which I can only really describe as dance skating manouvers. Tonight was transitions (switching the direction you're facing in one quick movement, one minute you're skating forwards, the next you're going in the same direction but facing backwards) on both two legs and one leg (one leg is scary in blades, and damn hard to do), Spirals (you know that move where there's one leg on the ground and the other is up in the air behind you? Yeah, that), spins (those are fun once you work out how to do it without spinning too hard and crashing to the ground), and 180degree jumps.

They also tried to get us to do 360degree jumps, but I can't even do that when I'm stationary! I stacked it so hard when I tried. Landed chest first on the ground and that's when I'm pretty sure I bruised my rib. Coughing hurts, sneezing really hurts, and don't get me started on laughing!

I've also found another problem, couple of problems actually. The wheel base on my skates is way too long for the stuff I'm doing, and I'm aparently too advanced for the skates I'm using (something about how the skates I have are recreational and designed for beginners who don't do all the funky stuff I'm doing. The wheels are designed on an angle, and when you're balancing on one foot that's really not something you want to have. I got a "Wait, you're doing what now on your blades?! O.o o.O O.O ).

Oh, and the brake at the back is driving me nuts. I don't use it, and the way I stop, well, it keeps catching when I do my spin stop and nearly sending me flying. Plus, actual spins/twirls are really hard to do on the opposite foot when there's a brake there.

The brake needs to go. It's coming off on the weekend!

I'm actually eyeing off some hockey skates at some point. Short wheel base, and they're designed to take the kind of pounding I'm giving my skates (I swear I heard the axles creak tonight when I was doing a fast spin stop).

In other news, I'm finished Uni for the year! Handed my last assignment in yesterday *cheers* This year's been rough in the assignment department. I'm tired, really, really tired. My final assignment involved creating 12 hours of lesson plans and writing about the psychological, linguistic, and sociolinguistic aspects of what I did, as well as blathering on about what, exactly, I thought "Language" was...and I just couldn't bring myself to care about it at all.

The entire thing ended up being around 6000words of writing (not including the lesson plans) and roughly 40 pages long.

I'm actually going to go and talk to the uni about switching out to external coursework instead of internal.

One more year, that's what I'm telling myself right now. One more year to go and I'm finished my Masters degree and completely free. Of course, conisdering the current economic climate, actually being able to use that degree anytime soon might not be a reality.

So, to treat myself after the year of hell, I'm going to Stradbroke Island for a day tour in a couple of weeks. I got a good price for it (I'm on this Living Social daily deal thing. They had it for $49 so I grabbed one). My treat to myself after this year.

Also, I AM EMPLOYED!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of the temping agencies my name is down at called me up to tell me there was an ongoing, part time position available that they wanted to put my name down for. I told them to go for it, and got a phone call a week later saying that I was the preferred candidate and when could I start? So, I've been in training for two weeks, and tomorrow is my first day flying solo in the office. I'm an Administration Officer for the Queensland Police Scenes of Crime Unit (think CSI) out at Indro. I do pretty much anything and everything administration. Work is definitely interesting.

And that's my life in a nutshell at the moment.

I am alive

Apr. 18th, 2011 06:04 pm
saffiter: (Don't Panic Mutt)
Just currently swamped beyond belief with Uni work!

I must've looked so bad on Thursday that my boss asked me if I wanted a long weekend to try and catch up on my work. I said yes and got today off. Have made a fair dent in my work, but there's still a lot to do by Thursday this week.

(And I will admit that I did sleep in until midday today, since I haven't got much sleep all weekend and have been getting to bed at 2am only to get up at 8:30am to keep going).

Back at work tomorrow, but it's only a short week (thank god!). We don't work Friday 'cause of Easter and then we get a long, long weekend with Monday and Tuesday off. Thursday night I'm going to put a sign on my door that says something like "If you're waking me up, you'd better have caffiene or else!"

Some student antics to tide you over until I can post again. Was teaching the difference between "Can I?" and "May I?". Queue the next day:

Antics #1

Leonardo: Can I leave the room please?
Rest of class all at once in a sing-song: May I!
Leonardo:.... Sorry, sorry. May leave the room, please?

(Leonardo also introduced himself to me with this: "I'm Leonardo, like the turtle!" *starts humming the theme song to the old school Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles*)

Antics #2

We'd been doing expressions to do with body parts a week or so ago. Andres asked me how much my dictionary had cost me as he wanted to buy one himself. When I told him the price he didn't miss a beat and fired back with: Jesus! You paid through the nose for it!

I was so proud!

Huh...

Mar. 22nd, 2011 06:58 pm
saffiter: (Are you an alien?)
Wha'd'ya know, I've actually handed an assigment in a day early.

Shock.

Horror.

Could it be that I'm finally getting over the lazy, last minute streak that I had last year?

...

...

...

Nah, probably not.

*******

In other news, you know you've gotta look tired when your boss comments "Jeez! You look as exhausted as I feel"...and it's only Tuesday.

Huh...

Feb. 26th, 2011 06:30 pm
saffiter: (Spock Not Amused)
And the government wonders why Australians buy their books from overseas.

From the Co-Op bookstore my textbook is $79. From The Book Depository in England (with free posting) $44. From Amazon, it's $39.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I rest my case.

Translation:

Uni starts on Tuesday and I need to buy textbooks. I think I'll be getting mine from overseas this semseter. Where, exactly, I get it will all really depend on shipping at Amazon.
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Got my Uni results!

Linguistics: Phonetics & Phonology:- 5 (Credit)
Computer Assisted Language Learning:- 6 (Distinction)

I passed!!!!!

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

(and survived my first day at work. Am being observed tomorrow)
saffiter: (Yee Haw - Lando)
YAY!!!!!

(No, still no 'net access. I'm in a 'net cafe at Indooroopilly).

I got my Uni results back!

Critical Aspects in TESOL:7 (High Distinction)
Semantics, Morphology and Syntax:5(Credit)

......

I GOT A 7 FOR ONE OF MY SUBJECTS!!!!!!!!!!

To give you an idea of the marking system at the universities here:

1 = Fail
2 = Fail
3 = Conceded Pass (pretty much a fail but they'll give you credit for the subject)
4 = Pass
5 = Credit
6 = Distinction
7 = High Distinction.

I is a happy Sheena right  now ^___^

Now all I need is net access at home and all will be well in my world. (USB WiFi dongle's are something like $89. Too freakin' expensive!)

Gah!

May. 26th, 2010 07:51 pm
saffiter: (Not HAPPY Jan! - Megatron)
One assignment down.

Done.

Finished.

Never to be seen again!

WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!

Critical Analysis of an ESL Textbook... bloody hard. Final word count came in at 3700 and roughly 9 pages long (I worked with a partner on it).

One more assignment to go. This one I'm actually enjoying. Working with a partner again, only this time we're making a short chapter from scratch of an ESL Textbook.

Wanna see? )

Amusing classroom story for you. Lecturer last night wanted to write something up on the white board, so grabs the marker and starts drawing.... the pen sounded kinda weird but he just kept going....

....unfortunately, the wall also happens to be white, the same shade in fact. Guess what he'd gone and done? Yup, you guessed it, he'd written on the wall instead of the whiteboard.

I can't believe that we've only got one more week of classes and we're into exam prep and exams! Where'd the time go?!

*****************EDIT******************************

DAMMIT ALL TO HELL!!!!!!! I just got an email from my partner with some stuff to look over and she's gone and added a heap of stuff at the end. I am NOT HAPPY right now. Not happy at all. Thank you, very much Olivia for shooting down my hopes of getting to bed at a decent freakin' time. 4am on Monday night, 2am last night, and now it looks like it's going to be another late night tonight.
saffiter: (Ez Tools of a Trade)
Was kinda bored in class today (student presentations) so I decided to see how I'd do with speed sketching (anything to keep myself awake). I had about 10 - 15 minutes to try and sketch a profile as detailed as possible. I think I'm actually getting better at this.

Sketches can be found behind the cut.

HyunJu )

Uncle Dick )

'Scuse the writing on around the pictures. I didn't actually have a sketch pad with me so I was sketching on my lecture notes.

In other news I've got my final assignments due next week. Ack! They're with another student and we've been meeting up on Mondays and Tuesdays the last couple of weeks to work on 'em. We only really get 2 hours each of these days to do this. 'course, she hasn't figured out the bus system yet and we're 12 weeks in. She was a good 45mins late *sighs*. I spent it reviewing and editing the rough draft of her part of the essay.

We're analysing a text book and then ripping it to pieces (actually kinda fun *evil grin*). That's the first assignment. Second assignment is actually creating a unit of work, i.e. actually creating a couple of pages of a textbook....that part's a little more difficult.
saffiter: (Yee Haw - Lando)
I got my mid-semester exam results back today: 63% *massive grin*

I'm extremely happy about that 'cause that subject.... bloody hard! I was quite pleased that I got full marks for one section that was really giving me some troubles. I just don't get syntactical analysis and PCO's, PCS's, IO, DO, C, S, NP and all that sort of stuff. *curls into a ball whimpering*... don't ask me how I did it, but I got full marks for the section where I had to label all the stuff.

So, I'm currently sitting on 44% (ish, I'm not exactly sure if my math is right) for Semantics, Syntax, and Morphology. 20% for the worksheets, 22% for this exam (it was worth 35% of our marks). The final test is worth 45%, so as long as I pass it, I pass the subject.

At least the last couple of classes have been interesting. We were listening and discussing Old and Middle English today.

But, yeah, happy Sheena is happy! (and bought a bottle of wine on the way home to celebrate results with housemates).

In other news, I started work last week. I've got a garaunteed job until 30th of July and then they're gonna see if they still have the budget to keep me on. I've been reading reports and typing up summaries into a database. It's fascinating reading (all about archaeological digs)...but, is it dry or what! It took me 5 1/2 hours to sumarise a 26 page report. The one I'm summarising right now... it's 26 pages of just dig results, that's not counting the other 20 pages of stuff... O.o

If feel my eyes starting to cross and the first thing I do is go splash some water on my face and make myself a cuppa.
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So, things are going at the moment. Neither good nor bad. I'm still looking for a job, though my application to McDonalds (I did say no-brainer jobs) is being reviewed. All I want at the moment is employment. Once I get a job and am in a position where there's steady money coming in every fortnight then I can start looking for something better, but at the moment, if all I can get is a job at Maccas, I'll take the job at Maccas.

Uni is driving me slowly insane! One week I get what the linguistics course is talking about and the next I have absolutely no idea what just happened. I actually enjoy the semantics side of it though, go figure *laughs* The TESOL course is slow going. Interesting but I'm wondering when the lecturer is actually going to come to the point. We just seem to be meandering from topic to topic and the only real thing holding this together with some sort of cohesion is the Critical part of the course.

I swear, if it weren't compulsory, I wouldn't be doing this course.

I have an exam next week for linguistics... crappitycrappitycrappitycrap! I'm still not sure about half the stuff they've been talking about! I tried reading some of that Grammar Survey thing today (which the tutor said would help....HAH!) and it made only a tiny bit more sense then the lecture does.

Crap.

In other news I got a random compliment on a T-Shirt I was wearing yesterday (Purple G1 Megatron) from a guy on the train.

Also my ling6100 class is full of nutballs. I fit right in. Tutor one day says "If I were a rich man..." when she was giving an example of something, I can't remember what it was, the other day. The entire back row (myself included in this) starts singing the next line from Fiddler on the Roof at the same time.

Nothing else much is happening at the moment. Weather's being screwy, hot, cold, hot, cold. Last night was cold. I slept with leg warmers on last night.
saffiter: (Herger no writing and pretty white swirl)
Hey all!

Remember that embroidery sampler I posted a while back with the Decepticon symbol on it? Well, this is what I've been working on since then. This is gonna end up as a cushion of some description. Probably a pin cushion judging by the size of it.

I've been working on calico this time and it's much easier to sew on. Less fraying than with whatever the hell that was I used before.

That silver bit on the...well, it will be a Fleur de Lis was a pain in the proverbial backside! I have stab marks on my fingers from doing that. Ignore what looks like the blue stains, it's a washable seamstresses pen. That'll come off when I was it. Those three circles in different shades of blue took about an hour and a half all up (I had to very carefully cut away four strands of the fabric). Don't even get me started on that green and burnt orange border. That took about 2 days all up to finish.

I'm enjoying myself, despite the constant stabbings *grins*

Piccy hidden behind here to save flist )

In other news; I went out for dinner with one of my old students tonight. Had a lot of fun. We had ramen at this to die for place down from the Casino. Mum and I stumbled on it when she was down here and they still remembered me when I walked in!

We're going to the Gold Coast tomorrow for the day.

Nothing much else to report. Mum and Dad decided at the last minute to drive down and visit me for Easter. It was great to see them again but, boy, did we do some running around or what!

Uni starts back up again on Monday. It's been good to have a bit of a break with no work or anything.

Speaking of work, it definitely looks like I'm unemployed again. I've been searching for other stuff to do instead of teaching 'cause it seriously fries your brain trying to do full time work and part time uni. I'd get to Tuesday and feel like it was Thursday. I was just mentally exhausted.

So, have been searching for something where I don't have to think too hard at work. That way I'll still have brain power left to try and understand what the heck my lecturers are trying to teach me.

*Edited due to uploading the wrong picture **headdesk***

Dear UQ,

Mar. 29th, 2010 12:18 am
saffiter: (Herger too early for this shit)
Exactly what inspired you to use Blackboard as your eLearning site? Seriously, it sucks! In the last week it's crashed my web browser about 6 times.

I cannot hit the link back to the previous page because it has issues. I have to hit home and then work my way back through all the bloody links again if I don't want my browser to stop working completely and then shut down on me.

Not good, UQ, not good.

And before you tell me to stop using IE, I don't. It's doing this to me on Firefox...

And must I mention the weird hissing noises and warding signs my housemate makes whenever I mention the site?

I appreciate the fact that I can print out my lecture notes before hand. I can be bemused by the fact that one of my lecturers is trying to do most of the course work solely online (although it smacks of laziness). What I don't appreciate is it crashing on me frequently!

One of my courses requires me to be active on this site. 35% of my marks relies on this.

Fix it.

Now.

Yrs,

Seriously pissed.

_____________________________

If you hadn't guessed, I've decided that I really, really hate Blackboard. I click certain links and my entire web browser shuts down. Every. Single. Time.

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In other news work is going well, I'm enjoying it.... it's just that working full time while studying part time at uni is not a good idea. I was so close to walking into walls from exhaustion by Friday it wasn't funny.

I'm also getting behind on my coursework readings. I'm about 3 weeks behind. I spent 6 hours today just reading my Linguistics textbook trying to catch up. It helped a little, some of the stuff is starting to make sense... of course.... I've still got a 2 inch thick pile of readings that I haven't touched for my TESOL course yet. That'll hopefully get done this coming weekend (after I catch up on the two honkin' great big chapters I still have to read for linguistics... I haven't even managed to get the Grammar Survey thingy downloaded and read yet *sigh*.

As much as I'm enjoying the work I think I'm going to have to ask them if they can just give me three shifts a week maximum. Any more than that and I'll be swamped with work.

Dear Body,

Mar. 22nd, 2010 10:52 pm
saffiter: (Grimlock hates barney)
WTF?!

Seriously, WTF?! Wasn't one infected blister enough? Why, oh, why did you decide that this blister had to get infected as well? I keep it clean. I cover it when I'm wearing shoes, I keep it open to breathe when I'm walking around the house, and yet it's starting to show signs of infection!

Thousands upon thousands of blisters through my dancing years and not a single infection and more than half of those suckers bled damn you! One month in Brisbane and I've had two, count them with me Body, two infected blisters.

I hate you right now, truly.

Yours in pain,

Sheena.

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Got another blister the other day. Checked it today and it's all red and starting to feel like the last one did. Antiseptic has been pulled out of the cabinet and I've been applying it for the last few days. I am not a happy camper right now.

In other news I've decided to do the Abbey medieval festival this year as a re-enactor. I'm gonna make my dress (14th century) by hand and I've been learning to embroider as well... well, re-learning. I used to do this sort of stuff when I was a little girl but just ran out of time/interest (I was a, well, to be nice, I was a bundle of energy when I was little. Sitting still, that wasn't an option).

I'm actually really enjoying the embroidery. I spent most of the weekend on the couch learning different stitches and the like. I <3 the Split Stitch. Saturday saw me on the couch watching episodes of Lie to Me with my embroidery and Sunday it was the first season of NCIS.

It took me about 24 hours all up to embroider a Decepticon logo (purple and complete with red eyes) on a brown background.

Here be embroidery! )

I started work last Monday (worked Mon, Thurs, Fri). This week I'm working every day. Next week is every day and so is the week after. Not sure what my schedual is like after that but they are talking about putting me on a shared class or something two days a week.

Uni's sorta see-sawing between understandable and WTF? The Linguistics course is anyway. The TESOL one I understand.

And that's my life at the moment.
saffiter: (Galloway Tossing)
Well, I'm mostly settled in Brissy now. I've had my first uni classes. Linguistics looks like I predicted. It's gonna do my head in. The information overload we had on the first day was just... holy shit! Lots of information and not enough time to take notes. Most people were smart and had printed out the lecture notes beforehand so that they could write notes on the print outs. Unfortunately, at that point, I didn't have access to a printer :(

The good news is that I spent today fiddling around with my printer and it's now up and running.

Note: If you buy a Canon printer they don't actually provide the USB cable to connect the printer to the computer. You have to go out and buy that. I discovered that little jewel of information when I was setting it up today. I had to go into the city to grab a USB cable (and got myself a 7 port USB hub while I was at it. Too many things to plug into the laptop, not enough ports).

Second class looks like it's going to be interesting. We get to choose our own assignments, the due date for them, and the stuff we're going to study in the lectures. It's either going to be fun or drive me out of my mind... I haven't decided yet.

In other news I got myself a new pair of flat shoes (which are gorgeous) for work. They're lovely shoes... they just need breaking in. I got blisters within minutes of wearing them and now the blisters on my right heel have become slightly infected. My right foot is red and painful to touch. It's also hard to walk even when I'm wearing thongs (or flip-flops, whatever you want to call them). It's like the actual bone is sore... *winces*. Em's been getting me to put antiseptic on it (owies!) and I've got it open right now so that it can breathe (of course she was also poking it and grinning evilly when I showed her, meanie. I get no love in this house)

In other news: That job I had? It turned out to be a dud. I worked there for three days and got a phone call on Wednesday saying that they didn't have any work for me next week, oh so sorry about that. Turns out that the teacher they've got taking over from me is one no-one in the office has heard of.

Thankfully, I'd noticed on Monday that there'd been a missed call on my phone, no messages on my message bank though. When I called it I found that it was from one of the other language schools that I'd dropped a resume in. The one where the DoS had come out for a minute to talk to me (and apologise that they didn't actually have any work at the time).

The minute the DoS at IH got off the phone I dialled this other place. The DoS of this school, Eurocentres wanted me to come in for an interview that afternoon. I gave them an answer that basically boiled down to "HELL YES!!!"

Long story short I got an interview with that school. The DoS actually called me up an hour before the interview time and asked me if I was able to come in a little earlier. Good thing I was actually 5 minutes down the road at the time!

It was one of the first job interviews that I've actually enjoyed! The Dos and the Assistant DoS joked around with me and it was more like a conversation than an interview. I was upfront with them about the fact that I really didn't want to work full time. Told them I was going to Uni at the same time and wanted to concentrate on that and get good marks.

She didn't tell me right off that I had the job. Said she'd call me the next day after three if I got it. Well, she called, and I've got way more work than I was expecting. Nearly 3 weeks full time to start off with and then they want to put me on permanently Monday and Fridays to cover for teachers that have to do admin stuff (student intake and Friday level tests, that kind of thing). No work next week, but I start the week after that. Three days there and then three weeks of working every day. Yay!

Em introduced me to Justice League this evening. Flash gets the best lines! She's got the whole thing so we've started from the very first episode... I think we've watched about 5 so far.

I iz...

Feb. 26th, 2010 09:14 pm
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Dead.

Y'know how I was going in to work to sign stuff and study the books I'll be using next week for the class I've picked up (which, incidentally, I am sharing with another teacher)? Well, I got a phone-call this morning at 8:05am (after a very late night. I was too wired about buying furniture. I've never done that before ^__^) from the DoS.

My first thought? Oh, shit! I'm late!!! *ack!flail!panic!*

"Sheena! It's the DoS at IH here. You know how you were coming in at 10am today? Do you think you could come in and do a relief shift starting at 9:30? One of the FCE teachers just phoned in sick. It's mock test day, so you won't have to do any prep work...?"

Don't ask me how she did it, but she managed to sound like she was doing puppy dog eyes through the phone.

Please note: I was still in my PJ's in bed at this point.

Anyway, I said yes and don't ask me how, but I was dressed, medicated (asthma stuff) and out the door by 8:10am. I snagged an apple from the fruit box on the way out. Managed to get to the train station just as a city train was rolling in. I was in at the school with about 40 or so minutes to spare.

It was a really, really easy test to do. All I had to do was sit and stare at them while they did the mock test. And mark one of them. Simple.

My ringtone totally embarrased me at one point, though. One of the other teacher's phone rang. It was some pop song or something or other. She muttered something about having to change it and I piped up with "It's not as bad as mine, trust me!"

....

....

My phone rang just as the words left my mouth.

*to the tune of Raiders March from Indianna Jones* "Kiss a Wooki-ie! Kick a Droi-id! Fly the Falco-on through an as-ta-roid. 'Til the Prince-ess is annoye-ed! This is space ships, it's monsters, it's Star Wars, we love it!"

Let's just say the office cracked up laughing and left it at that.

A few minutes after that my message tone goes off (G1 Cybertronian transforming) and one of the other teachers actually recognised it.

I think I've been labled a geek on my first day. *grins*

So, the job itself. It's actually two different IELTS classes. I teach one of them in the morning and one of them in the afternoon and it's two different things. The great thing is that I only have to write one lesson plan for the entire week! Sweet!

Mondays: 8:30-11:30 Int IELTS. 12:30-2:30 Upper-Int IELTS skills class. Then run to Uni (via my favourite Chinese restaurant at the bottom of the Myer Centre for a steamed pork bun...the owner has learnt my snack and drink order O.o) for my Semantics, Syntax and Morphology lecture starting at 4pm. I finish at 6pm that day.

Tuesday: 6pm - 9pm is my Critical Perspectives in TESOL lecture and tutorial

Wednesday: Day off (unless I get called for relief work)

Thursday: 8:30-11:30 Int IELTS. 12:30-2:30 Int IELTS skills class.

Friday: Day off (unless I get called for relief work).

I'll be doing 10 hours p/week at this job. More than I was expecting that's for sure.

*snickers* I'm watching Effie, one of the cats, chase a moth around. It's kinda amusing. And speaking of cats... I came home to one of the housemates playing the tin whistle. Tom, pyscho-bi-polar-kitty, didn't like it. He'd wrapped his paws around the housemate's arm and was trying to pull the whistle away from his mouth. I found it highly amusing.

Effie hopped up on the couch earlier to see what I was up to and I ended up with a mouth full of tail fur when she decided the she wasn't all that interested in what I was doing. Ah, the joys of living with cats.
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Until I move into my new (old, but new to me) place. There has good net connection! No more relying on Maccas for my net...for, as the Uni does have free 'net in the library the Uni is, unfortunately, further away than the Maccas *sighs*

Good news, I'm competely enrolled and my fees are paid (Read: Defered. Thank god for HECS. Or FEE-HELP, or whatever the hell the government's calling it these days. Interesting story behind that. There was about 24hrs there where I seriously thought I was going to have to pay $3280 up front... yeek! I don't, but yeek!).

I have my textbook (only one this semester by the looks of it. And a good thing, too. Linguistics textbooks are rather expensive! I got it for a discount. I completely forgot that I was a lifetime member of the Co-Op bookshop. They just had to find me details).

Also, I have my student card. Without the QR symbol on it (as I'm only part time) so I won't be able to get student discounts when travelling, but I have my student card ^___^. It took three hours wandering around in circles but I got it ^__^.

And I possibly have a casual/part-time/not quite sure teaching job at IH Brisbane. The DoS looked like she really wanted to employ me (She kept talking about slotting me into one of the exam classes. Either one of the Cambridge ones or IELTS). I'm gonna keep my fingers crossed but my options opened.

So...

Feb. 16th, 2010 08:03 pm
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Wanna know what I'm gonna be studying? Some of these courses have got me salivating and going DO.WANT!!!

Course list, descriptions and my comments under here )
saffiter: (Yee Haw - Lando)
Just phoned the uni. The lady recognised my name as she'd not long processed my application (FINALLY!!!!).

....

....

....

I GOT IN!!!!!!!! A full position has been offered to me ^____^


Thank god that wait's over. That was getting ridiculous.

EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

...

...

Oh....shit... .I'm a Uni student again.... O.O

*le sigh*

Feb. 15th, 2010 08:09 pm
saffiter: (Stuffed if I Know)
still no word from Uni. Looks like I'm calling them again tomorrow. If they tell me my application's sitting on the "To be processed" pile again I shall be most... upset.

Uni Update

Feb. 12th, 2010 05:50 pm
saffiter: (Spock Not Amused)
...or should that be lack of one. Still no word from the Uni. I called them up on Wednesday to see if they could tell me what's going on. According to this lady, my application is sitting in a pile waiting to be processed and I should know by the end of the week or early next week.

Um... that's what I was told last week!

Gah! Just gah! I fly down to Brisbane on the 17th. If I don't know anything by the 16th I'm going to call them up again and see if they can tell me what's going on and if I've got in or not.

Term bloody well starts on the 1st of March! It's not like I'm living in the same freakin' city! I'm at the opposite end of the bloody State!

Mum'll be coming down with me. We've got a place booked on Roma St. for the first week and then Mum flies back home. We'll have a bit of a relax, try and get things organised so that I'm ready for Uni. That is if I get in.

If I don't get in, then we're just going to have a weeks holiday in Brisbane and then I'll fly back up to Cairns with Mum. Get some work back here.

I do have an alternate plan. I was looking on www.tefl.com and the jobs up there the other day and spotted a school in Vietnam that offers the DELTA to it's teachers and only it's teachers. Currently you have to work for them before you can do it...and once you've finished it looks like you get promoted into managerial positions. They've got positions coming up in 5 of their branches (ranging from Hanoi to Ho Chih Min) coming up from May onwards. I'm going to apply for one of those positions, work at the school for a year and then sign on for a second if I decide that I can handle living, studying and working in that country before I sign up to do the DELTA.

That's my plan.

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