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Title: Back to university
Post by: Manuela on June 19, 2017, 11:41:39 AM
I just got an offer from The University of Sunderland for their international PGCE course, starting in September - utterly over the moon about it  :D
It'll be a hard year, but this is something I always wanted to do. I chose secondary Design & Technology (specialising in Textiles, obviously  :devil:)
At the ripe age of 55, quite a task - but this is something I really wanted  :toast:
My school fully supports me, and my boss is going to be my mentor.
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: Tamnymore on June 19, 2017, 12:15:42 PM
Good for you, Manuela. By international PGCE I take it that you will do it by distance learning (given where Sunderland is in relation to HK!)
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: Sewingsue on June 19, 2017, 12:23:50 PM
Well done, Manuela. All possible good wishes.
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: Emma2109 on June 19, 2017, 12:28:58 PM
Fabulous....well done x
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: b15erk on June 19, 2017, 12:30:26 PM
Well done Manuela!!  That's quite a commute.... ;)

:toast:

Jessie
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: Vegegrow on June 19, 2017, 13:42:31 PM
Well done Manuela... DD did a degree in textiles I was so envious of her
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: Manuela on June 19, 2017, 14:07:14 PM
Good for you, Manuela. By international PGCE I take it that you will do it by distance learning (given where Sunderland is in relation to HK!)
Indeed it is, my teaching practice sessions will be recorded, Sunderland also has evaluators in Hong Kong. The school I'm working in has long standing connections with the university and supported me all the way. Given that I'm a native German speaker, I had to jump through quite some hoops (IELTS exam, getting all my academic credentials translated and verified, etc.) just to get the application done.
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: Tamnymore on June 19, 2017, 14:34:36 PM
Wow. Your English is perfect!!  :D
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: Manuela on June 19, 2017, 14:54:13 PM
Wow. Your English is perfect!!  :D
No it isn't, I just spotted (and corrected) a typo in my post  ;)
Mr Manuela is a Brit, hence I rarely speak German, and when I do I sound like a leftover from the 80s  :devil:
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: Tamnymore on June 19, 2017, 15:25:10 PM
My posts are ful fo typso !!!
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Post by: Surest1tch on June 19, 2017, 15:39:26 PM
Well done, wishing you well.
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: Manuela on June 19, 2017, 16:06:05 PM
Thank you everybody, I am still giddy. When Mr Manuela came home from work, he found me laughing and crying at the same time. When he asked me if I'd like a new MacBook for the course (mine is from 2010 and is mostly used for downloading, streaming and watching TV), I sobbed 'Yes, a pink one please"  :D
Just that you know how much this means to me, I wanted to become a teacher ever since I was a teenager. However, growing up in East Germany, this door was closed right in front of me for political reasons (my brother tried to leave, and was caught and imprisoned). So I became a tailor, worked and studied hard to become a master tailor and then worked for 20+ years in the fashion industry. After leaving the 'rag trade' (as it is called here) I did a BA in Putonghua (Mandarin Chinese), graduated in 2014. Initially I wanted to become a language teacher (the only possible PGCE in Hong Kong), until the school I work for convinced me to apply at Sunderland and do what I love.  :D
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: Efemera on June 19, 2017, 16:18:16 PM
Fantastic... so nice to have some happy news.
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: BrendaP on June 19, 2017, 16:38:30 PM
Congratulations Manuela, wishing you all the best for the coming studies :flower:

My posts are ful fo typso !!!

So are mine!  Just look at how many have been edited to put them right.

Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: Acorn on June 19, 2017, 17:27:35 PM
 :D Well done Manuela!  :D 
:toast: :toast: :toast:
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: Mama likes to make on June 19, 2017, 17:28:58 PM
Congratulations
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: wrenkins on June 19, 2017, 17:52:20 PM
Manuela that's fabulous. Every day I love my job because for all my working life I've been doing exactly what I've always wanted to do.
It's so sad that not everyone had the same opportunities and it's easy to forget how lucky we are.
I wish you every happiness and success in your new adventure.
Studying when you're "over 21" is very different. I went back at 35 and loved it because I was doing it for me and not because it was expected of me.
Well done!  :toast:
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: hernibs on June 19, 2017, 19:02:24 PM
Here's yet more Congratulations from Northern Ireland.

Well done girl.....I was 'forced' into commercial subjects at High School as I was academically zilch...truly.....all I ever wanted to do was Art in some form or other.  When I progressed to the Technical College the Art teacher was a brilliant (in my eyes anyway) calligrapher and he used to design and write posters which I used to stand and admire in shop window....and there was I, in the same building, but no one took any notice...in those days you did what you were told.

Sorry, I only told all the above to be very glad for you, even at 55 (to me that's young!) that you are now having the opportunity to follow your dream.

Every success in your future endeavours.
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: Lowena on June 19, 2017, 19:03:10 PM
Well done and good luck from me too :)
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Post by: Catllar on June 19, 2017, 20:01:00 PM
Excellent news - make the most of every opportunity lives puts in your way!
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Post by: Pinkstar on June 20, 2017, 22:50:09 PM
Fantastic! Well done Manuela  :toast:
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: Ravingdoll on June 20, 2017, 23:15:36 PM
So very pleased for you.  Lovely when a dream starts coming true.  And good luck.  X
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: elephun on June 21, 2017, 00:28:52 AM
Manuela, this is fantastic news. I am so very happy for you! What a year this is turning out to be!
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: rubywishes on June 21, 2017, 09:47:23 AM
Oh big ,big congratulations from me too. All the very best wishes for this new venture. :flower: :flower: :flower:
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: Manuela on June 21, 2017, 09:53:15 AM
Thank you everybody for the kind wishes.

Elephun, after the absolutely rotten year 2016 was for me, this year has so far been wonderful. Got over last year's illness, new job, our place in Thailand, etc.
Can you imagine, I even get paid to go scuba diving in the Philippines in November  :D I couldn't believe it when the trip leader chose me to accompany the group when a lot more students than expected signed up for it. It probably helps that I'm a qualified rescue diver, but with me being new and all   :D
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: DaisyChain on June 23, 2017, 18:49:31 PM
Congratulations to you AND to your future students. I hope they know how lucky they’re going to be!  :D

:toast:
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: Stitches on June 23, 2017, 18:54:38 PM
Congratulations Manuela  :toast: :toast:
Title: Re: Back to university
Post by: Lachica on June 23, 2017, 22:35:13 PM
Congratulations! I also did PGCE whilst working as a teacher. It's hard work but worthwhile and wonderful that you can fulfil your teenage dream at last.