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Thursday, 17 January 2013

Perspective: Studying Beyond University...

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I've been doing it again. 

Fantasizing about returning to academia. 

After just over a year in full-time employment, doing a job I really love, I found myself idly looking at universities who are offering funding to PhD students... Before I knew it I was studying the academics at various universities, searching for any who might have an interest in the contemporary poetry of loss, mass media, or modern elegy... 

I can take some solace from the fact that I don't want to go back to the student life (late nights, hangovers, and too much self-hatred). My craving is for the learning. It stems from a real belief that I have something new to contribute to my field of study.

This comes at a time when I've not been doing any creative writing; I've not even been blogging as regularly as I want to. In part, I put this down to January. It is undoubtedly the worst month of the year. 

Having been taken down with the flu just after Christmas, I feel as though I've stumbled into 2013. Any personal resolutions I may have had weren't practical to fulfill at the start of the month, as I lay under a duvet, drugged with lemsip, watching all manner of chick flicks on lovefilm, and feeling generally sorry for myself. 

I've got a solution to my craving for learning though, and one that doesn't come with a hefty price tag. I've created a reading list, and started to seek out places I can submit academic articles. I've done it once, I can do it again. I'm going to try and get another essay published this year. 

Wish me luck. I have a feeling I'm going to need it. 

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