Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Change



2010 looks to be a year of changes for me and my little family. It started on Friday night with our move. We have almost finished bringing everything over to the new place, just some plants and the BBQ are left to come across. I have to say, doing the majority of the moving on Saturday - when it reached 41 degrees in Sydney - was tough. It was made even tougher by the set of stairs everything had to be brought down, and the two flights of stairs it all had to be carried up.

The new place is looking great. I am loving the big screen door on the balcony which allows an abundance of fresh air into the house. I love the fly screens on the windows which stop the mosquitoes. I love having a dining room where we can put a table so we no longer have to eat dinner on the couch. Simple things can make a place so much nicer.

Another change for me this year...



I have decided to go back to Uni. After 8 and a half years of Uni previously and less than 3 years in the workforce, I have decided to try another career. I knew halfway through my postgraduate degree that I wasn't going to be happy being a scientist in the long term, but I pushed through and completed my degree. Partly because I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. And I like to finish things that I start. Also because I didn't want anyone to think I couldn't do it.

So I have decided to do a Graduate Diploma of Education to become a secondary school science teacher. Working with teenage girls last year in the SISTER2sister program was tough, but so rewarding. Having thought about teaching for a long time, these girls helped to cement my decision. I am really excited about this new direction. The degree will take me two years so I still have some research in me, but it is a start - and I can't wait to get started.

11 comments:

Kate said...

Yay! How exciting!
I keep considering teaching, but I missed the cutoff for this year...I love science but its just not "certain" enough sometimes. Good luck :-)

Mel said...

I just wanted to say goodluck with your Dip Ed :) I worked as microbiologist / environmental scientist for many years (after doing a bachelor and honours degree in science), enduring long tedious hours of shift work, before doing my Dip Ed P-12. You will find your Science background so valuable in your teaching career :) I teach Primary, I love Prep - 2 and was Science Coordinator for many years before going on family leave. I will go back next year but pursue a welfare focus :) Enjoy, if you are passionate about your work, it makes it so much easier! Mel xox

Chookyblue...... said...

goodluck in your new career direction...........I am sure you will go well...........

Bianca Jae Makes Stuff said...

Oh what an exciting and challenging year you have a head of you! There is just not enough good female science teachers so you are sure to be in high demand. Good luck xox

rachelmp said...

How exciting Renee! Good luck and so fantastic that you have made the decision and have gone for it, and if you really want to work with teenagers, even better!

Lynda said...

Good on you Renee. A big decision but will make you so much happier in the long run. My elder daughter started a degree through Monash last year - it will take her 6 years.

Love your pink Kitchen Aid.

a good yarn said...

The education system desperately needs Sceince teachers so you will be snapped up quick. Teaching is an incredible challenge with today's children but can be so rewarding. Saturday was dreadful, I don't know how you managed but it sounds as though your new place has a good vibe. Ann :-)

Copper Patch said...

I so know what it's like to study and strive toward something and then change your mind. There's a lot to be said for being brave and nutting out your dreams.
Good luck!
Abbe

Rachel said...

Congratulations on going back to uni! How exciting, and frankly it shows tremendous self discipline. Monash has brilliant distance education course I looked at them for many years before having kids but alas I have no self disciplane.

Anita said...

Hey Renee
That's very exciting - you'll make a fantastic Science teacher! I just know it. Great with teenagers and very knowledgeable in science. Good luck with your studies :)
Anita

Suzie said...

Wishing you good luck in all you do!