Happy Birthday BSW?

~ Birthday ~

May 2012, when I begin my last semester, will mark the second “birthday” of my entry into the UVic BSW program.
I began back in May 2010, frantically planning my week on-campus in Victoria. Not sure what to expect, still buzzing with happiness at being accepted into the program. Helping my family plan how they would manage without me for a week (they did great). Feeling like I was beginning a long and interesting journey (I was).
The point I’m at now seemed impossibly distant.
Would I ever really be a fourth year student, in my last semester? Taking my last BSW courses? Doing my last practicum?
Back in my very first third year term, in class introductions, I wistfully envied those who introduced themselves as students wrapping up their degree. Would I ever get to that point? I knew that I would but it was just so far off.
Well, it’s time to bake a little cake and put a few candles on it. My almost-BSW-degree is two years old this May. My degree, framed and hung on the wall, will be a birth certificate of sorts.

Name: BSW
Weight: Darn heavy
Length: Spanning more than a few years
Joyful Parent: Tammy Thielman, proud, weary and ready-to-work

~ Now, the all-important question can be deliberated…What dress will I wear to convocation? ~


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. selfishmommy
    Mar 23, 2012 @ 22:25:47

    Congratulations, Tammy! I’ve been following your blog with interest as I am a BSW student and mother to five young children. I’m doing mine through distance as well, and have found it very inspiring to read your posts. Best of luck with your graduation this spring!


    • learnfromafar
      Mar 27, 2012 @ 18:11:23

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate you kindly taking the time to follow my beloved little blog. As the mother of three active and growing children, I am amazed and inspired that you are managing to work on your degree with FIVE children! I think congratulations are in order for you, for sure.

      I just registered for my Summer Semester classes, including my final 400-plus hour practicum. I am craving personal interaction with clients and co-workers! I try to balance distance study with volunteering and working in different capacities.

      Please feel welcome to stay in touch. Best wishes for you and your academic journey, Tammy


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