I applied to go back to college today

so some of you might know i was looking in to going to college in september. i have been working with my OT mark on this. I had a couple of things in mind, mainly childcare, advocacy and youth and community work. I decided childcare is not for me. I’ve tried it. It is great, and I love learning about child development and education and stuff but its not practical really given my blindness. And doing another course in childcare would not be cost effective either because it would be a full time course and I’d need to take a taxi there and back each day which there is no way I could afford on my weekly budget. So i’ve decided childcare is now out. My next choice was doing an advocacy course. However I rang them up and it turns out the course only runs every two years, and its been running this year so wont be running again until 2019. So thats now out too. So my last option for now is a course in youth and community work. Its called substance use and misuse in youth and community work. When I first looked at this course I thought it would not be very benificial to me because I dont work with the youth or addicts. But then my mentor colette from the basement club said I should rethink because she had done it and she doesnt work with that sector either but she said there is lots of things it taught her and lots of stuff to learn about addiction and even if you dont work with young people it could come in handy for other communities that you are a part of. Well then I was thinking yeah, I work voluntarily with the basement club and I will be starting a volunteer position soon with cork city partnership working with vulnerable people in disadvantaged areas. So yes it would come in handy. I was also a youth club leader in the past, and I also have a diploma in youth and community work. So I filled up the application form today. The course is part time, one evening a week for 3 hours, and then some work to do at home like assignments and other projects. It runs for a year. There are only 25 places though and usually about 50 or 60 people apply to do the course. Interviews are run and I hope I’ll at least get an interview. So thats my good news of the day. I’m really hopeful that I will get to do the course. I think I would benefit from it and learn alot too along the way.
carol anne

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Author: manyofus1980

I am a woman in my mid 30's. I'm blind and I have dissociative identity disorder, I also have complex PTSD. I blog about my life with these disorders. I live in Ireland.

11 thoughts on “I applied to go back to college today”

    1. I hope I do too because I think it will be really useful in dealing with my dad’s addiction to alcohol, I will learn some of the patterns of behaviour that addict’s show, and maybe it will help me come to terms with things

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  1. I hoe you get it 🙂 I think that all of the struggles and obstacles that you have had to overcome in your own life have made you sensitive to other people who are struggling with anything. You are a wonderful and giving persona and would made a brilliant advocate for anyone. 😊

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      1. I just think that you are an understanding person and that you don’t judge people and the world needs more people like you. I think that learning more about addiction could help you with your dad, but it could also help you advocate for a disadvantaged population. My hubby runs a nonprofit here in the states for awareness and resources for injection drug users. A lot of people forget that these are people too, they are brothers and sisters and fathers and husbands. Addiction sucks, but it can get better and understanding goes a long way ❤️

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