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Oct. 10th, 2014

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Oh yeah, I signed up to carry on with my education next year. Honours in Criminology, 2 papers - Managing Drug Use and Misuse, and Crime, Youth, and Culture.

For those in the US, NZ undergrad degrees are generally 3 years, and then those with good results do Honours while those with less good results can do a postgrad diploma. If I continue to get good marks, they'll most likely let me skip Masters.

Fuck. I did it again, didn't I?

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From:m_danson
Date:October 10th, 2014 12:42 am (UTC)
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Go you!
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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2014 12:46 am (UTC)
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I am equal parts anticipatory and trepidatious.
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From:fbhjr
Date:October 10th, 2014 01:45 am (UTC)
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I'm not sure what you're saying you did, but it sounds like you're doing well.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2014 01:55 am (UTC)
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Basically I aced my bachelor's degree which I completed a couple of years ago, and now I'm doing Honours.

The usual progression is Bachelor's --> Honours --> Masters --> PhD. I'm hoping to do well enough in Honours that they'll let me skip Masters and get on with the real guts of why I'm doing this, which is the research.
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From:fbhjr
Date:October 10th, 2014 02:00 am (UTC)
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I got that part. And, it sounds very impressive.
I'm just not sure about the "Fuck. I did it again, didn't I?" part as it sounds like you are doing really well, and that makes it sound like you're unhappy about it.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2014 02:04 am (UTC)
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Oh, right.

It's an indication of the trepidation I feel at committing myself to another 2 years of study. It took me 5 years to complete my bachelor's, studying part time while working, and at the end of it I needed 2 years off to recover before being ready to start again. So while I'm excited about it, I'm also a bit *gnng* about the things I know I'll have to sacrifice, and the invasion of my life that it'll be.

[edit] also I think because it's just a means to an end, it feels a bit like a hoop to jump through rather than a destination in itself.


Edited at 2014-10-10 02:04 am (UTC)
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From:fbhjr
Date:October 10th, 2014 02:08 am (UTC)
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Unless you plan to be an academic, then it is a means to an end, right?

Way back when I was in school someone I respected a lot explained school like this to me:
"Your degree is your ticket to the event you want to see. How much time and money you spend getting that ticket often determines how good a seat you end up with. Some folks manage to sneak in and see the show without a ticket at all. But, you need to remember the ticket isn't the important thing, it is only the thing that gets you into what you want."

It was good advice for me. Don't know if it works for anyone else...
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From:plantgirl
Date:October 24th, 2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
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I like that.

My father used to say that getting a degree and getting an education were two different things, and the mistake most people make is in thinking they're the same. He was telling me that in order to help me keep perspective about my work "getting my ticket." :)
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:October 10th, 2014 01:52 am (UTC)
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heck yeah! rock on!!!
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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2014 01:56 am (UTC)
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Where rocking on includes writing screeds of academic essays that'll only ever be read by 2 people, and regaling you all with my latest opinion on some obscure criminological theory. ;-)
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:October 10th, 2014 03:33 am (UTC)
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which i truly enjoy reading! i know next to nothing about it and it's great to see you dive in. :-D

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From:kotturinn
Date:October 10th, 2014 09:49 am (UTC)
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Mee 2!
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From:plantgirl
Date:October 24th, 2014 05:56 pm (UTC)
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I'm willing to give a try reading them. Then your number is up to three. :p
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From:warriorsavant
Date:October 10th, 2014 03:39 am (UTC)
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So Honours is basically equal to the 4th year in US (or ROC) universities, but if you do really well, you can then skip Masters?

Anyhow, congrats.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 10th, 2014 05:39 pm (UTC)
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I couldn't really say whether it's equivalent to US 4th year, because of not really being familiar with US education. But it is a 4th year of study, and I don't know how often Masters is skipped but that's what I want to do and have been told I could be able to.

Thanks!
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From:warriorsavant
Date:October 10th, 2014 06:46 pm (UTC)
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In US and ROC, Primary & Secondary schooling (by various names) is 12 years long (not counting kindergarten or preschool) and finishes around age 18. For a Bachelor's degree, it is usually 4 years at university.
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From:raincitygirl
Date:October 10th, 2014 06:11 am (UTC)
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Yay!!!!!
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From:fushia_darkness
Date:October 10th, 2014 04:59 pm (UTC)
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Cool!
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From:anna_en_route
Date:October 10th, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
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Heh...yep... youd definitely did it again, congrats

There's always starting a masters and then realising part-way through that your topic is monumental and converting it to a PHD.

You have the kind of marks which would make you eligible for scholarships too.
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From:morbid_curious
Date:October 11th, 2014 02:40 am (UTC)
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Yes, yes you did.
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From:heathersmoo
Date:October 12th, 2014 11:50 pm (UTC)
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Crim's a cool major!
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