Well that was an interesting week…
It started off fairly innocuously and ended with me dropping out of my psychology degree. WOW.
Over the last few months I’ve realised that counselling (and possibly life coaching of some sort!) is *definitely* the route I want to go down for a career, and it turns out that a BSc in Psychology actually doesn’t do much to become a qualified counsellor.
I rang the Open University student support line to speak to them. They agreed that it seemed I wasn’t on the right path and gave me the number of COSCA who are Scotland’s professional body for counselling and psychotherapy. I gave them a call and they confirmed my suspicions – I’ve been on the wrong track!
I’ve also been finding myself increasingly stressed to the max about uni. Yes I was getting good grades, but it was really taking it out of me. I’m a single mum of two, Max has additional needs, and there’s no one to really help out regularly so I can get things done. Add in a month of illnesses and I was behind and basically at my wits end.
So I’m no longer studying towards my psych degree. I’m not willing to put myself through that level of stress (and I know I put this on myself… I think most student parents do to be honest) if it’s not going to get me where I want to go.
I’ve been sleeping like a log since I came to this decision. I feel so much more relaxed. No more pressure on me to be studying – no voice in my head telling me I should be studying whenever I do anything else. Quite frankly, it’s been bliss!
I’m looking into volunteering I can do to get some experience, and will be going to our (relatively) local college to get the qualifications I need in a year or two – most likely once Max is settled in high school.
As for now? I’m spending time doing all the things I kept putting off because of uni. I’ve been on a cleaning binge (yes that’s a thing!), enjoying hanging with my boys watching movies and playing games together, blogging and doing all things blog related, re-introducing myself to my slightly large tarot and oracle card collection, visiting and having friends & family over, and none of it fills me with worry of what I “should be” doing.
All in all, I know I’ve made the right decision for me, and for my family.
Ooh, and another thing! Watch this space… I think I’m going to start offering those tarot readings soon after all!