Student blog: A degree of maturity
My name is Derek Seymour and I'm a poor student.
Last week, I was sitting at my computer, staring at my bank-balance ($15 to last five days) and feverishly thinking of ways to get some extra coin.
You might be asking who am I?
According to my own reckoning, like Anthony Bourdain, I'm a borderline alcoholic who can drink you under the table. It is not unknown for me to crack open a Monteiths' black beer for breakfast at the weekend. I prefer Emerson's Book-Binder if anyone feels like sending me a crate.
I'm also the Pom who wrote this, managing to upset a sizable number of Kiwis who advised me to get on the next plane home, some even offered to pay.
I try not to take myself seriously, and will be the first to put the boot into any obviously silly notions I have, which are frequent and many. I find it therapeutic to laugh at myself, and advise you to do the same.
How did I get to this point in my student life? I will go into this in slightly more detail in my second blog post, but for now, all I want to say is that when I hit midlife, I slowly unravelled, and decided I could no longer work in an deadening office job just to pay the bills. So I decided to change my life by studying nursing at AUT. I'm in my second year.
I also have a double major honours degree in Psychology and Computer Science from the University of Bedfordshire. So you might say, I've been there and done it when it comes to student life.
I should mention the opinions on this blog are mine, as frequently idiotic as they are, and I take full responsibility for them.
But that's enough about me.
What I hope to cover in this blog is the entire New Zealand student experience. Who are students? I'm sure, I could bore you with various statistical facts about New Zealand's student population, but I won't. Because we're all different.
That said, I believe we're all chasing a dream. Whatever course you've chosen, I assume you're doing it for the best possible reasons, and the aim of the blog is provide you (and myself) with a platform to discuss anything at all which relates to student life to help with your goals.
Some things I will hopefully be covering are how to eat well on a budget, how to survive the stress of student life, dealing with flatmate horrors, how to ask for help, and how to have a life ... perhaps I'm not the best person to advise, so I'll steer away from pretending to be an expert, but I will try each week to discuss something of interest.
I hope you will find this blog interesting, infuriating, and stimulating.
Each week we'll feature Derek's latest student blog in Stuff Nation. If you've got a topic on student life you'd like to discuss, hit the big green contribute button to tell us about it.
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