Monday, 10 February 2014

Squee! Starting uni (again) today!

It's been ten years since I began my social work degree at RMIT Uni in the heart of Melbourne City. Back then I had a super cute and very hip little hard pink case for my selection of rainbow floppy disks and during my four year degree the changeover to usb sticks happened. I remember feeling a little sad to give up my cute little (big) disks and felt nervous that I would always be losing my tiny device, having to make a mad dash back to the building 8 computer lab to rescue it from the big clunky black IBM PCs. 

As I type today I am sitting in a cafe and have just connected to the RMIT wireless network on my iPad. I didn't need to book a computer in the Library and stand around waiting for one to become available. I didn't need to pay $1 for five minutes in an internet cafe. I just sat down in a cafe on the lower level of the sparkly new Swanton Street building and joined the network with ease. Pretty sure a lot of my assignments will be done right here and who knows, maybe something publishable?

I know that wifi has been around for a while. I'm no tech-novice. But it has just struck me this morning how much things have changed in the last ten years.

In 2003 when I first stepped into this wonderful university I was 18 and thought I knew everything. I was super wise... really I was.. all you needed to do was ask me. Today, ten years older I come to this course fully at peace with the knowledge that I don't know a fecking thing. And that's a-ok with me.

Here's to new adventures, taking risks and making your dreams come true. 

Peace gorgeous.


  1. Congratulations Ash! What an exciting time for you.

    It's amazing how much technology has moved on in the past decade or so. Hey, my first year of Uni was 1999.....I think I barely had an email address back then. I certainly didn't have a mobile phone ;) xx

  2. That's so funny. First time I was at Uni it was the early 90s. I'm pretty sure I handed in hand-written assignments (when I actually handed them in that is). We had a computer room at college, but it was mainly used for playing some bizarre game called MUD where we used to chat with generally muddy-minded college boys in the US with names like 'Anthrax' (ah, warning bells anyone??). I certainly didn't have an email address because - can you believe - it was even pre-internet. It sure is a different world now, although I'm sure with all the flexibility mobility offers I'd find equally inventive excuses to procrastinate just as I did 20 years ago. Good luck!

  3. Felicity Macqueen15 February 2014 at 21:13

    How exciting! I would love to go back to really want to learn....and to learn what I really want to know about....maybe one day, Flick x


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