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Stirring the subject stew

When I was doing my BA, back in 2002-2004, I planned out my whole three year course, subject by subject, from the subject handbook available at the start of 2002. I stuck to it exactly except for one subject that got cancelled (it was an editing subject, and I was furious).

If I could go back I would maybe have ditched the Italian (I did it from Prep to year 12, minus year 9, which was the year of the class trip to Italy. I was the best in year 12 and the worst in first year uni), and done some more Linguistics or something. Maybe a Science subject of some description.

For my Grad Dip in Editing and Publishing it was all a set course so I did what I was told.

Now I’m doing the MComm and things have gone all skew-whiff. I had this plan mapped out. Year One, Semester One was fine (although Story, Genre, Medium was more screenplay-based than I thought). Year One, Semester Two went half-wrong because I disliked Electronic Publishing, so I ditched it and used recognition of prior learning to not have to find a make-up subject at five weeks into semester.

Everything I planned for Years Two and Three is stuffed because, of the ~18 electives offered for the MComm when I started the course in 2014, there are only 4 being offered in 2015, and I’m only interested in one of them. So I’ve been emailing around, and now the outline for the next two years looks like this:

Year Two

Semester One

COMM1179 Law and Regulation

Semester Two

COMM1229 Media And The Law (if it’s not too similar to Law and Regulation)

Year Three

Whatever’s compulsory by then, IDK

Normally I’d be panicking if something I had planned out this much was as uncertain as this now is. I’ve always liked it when things go according to plan (although I would also love a surprise party or holiday!). But in the last few years I’ve had some massive ups and downs in my work life and personal life. I now work in three different roles at my workplace and I’ve been in and out of hospital with depression. These things have, I think, made me more adaptable to change.

Also more determined to figure out how the fuck to get the mail merges I do for the finance department to display response dates Australian style, as per the spreadsheet they’re drawing from, instead of American style, which I have to manually change each time, but that’s another story.

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