M.A. EYS Student Portfolio

My expectations

by David Wemel

Well, where to start? First of all, it has been a while since I have been in an academic learning environment. I graduated in 2002 and ever since, I have been experiencing the wonderfull world of non-formal and informal learning. So, I am quite curious on how I will manage with a lot of texts. I used to be pretty good at it, but that was almost ten years ago…

Secondly I am a bit scared about the amount of time the short course will take. Ideally, we should spend 25 hours a week studying or working for the short course. Being a full time employed, young father, active at local politics; I’m a bit scared I will not manage in dealing with this extra time consuming challenge. But we’ll give it a try.

Because, most importantly, I am very motivated to bring this short course to a successfull end. It has been a long while I have been saying that I wanted to spend some more of my time studying, that I wanted to update my academic knowledge on issues going on in my profesional field (youth sector),… So this course offers the perfect opportunity. Let’s make the best of it.

I hope to meet a lot of interesting people, interested in the same field of action as I am, coming from very diverse backgrounds and all bringing different kinds of knowledge and expertise. I very much look forward to meet them all in person and to have real life discussions. Because I prefer the dialectic learning, rather then self-study.┬áBut I’ll learn by doing I suppose…

So to summarize, my main expectations are to:

* Re-discover the student in me
* Update my (academic) knowledge on youth issues
* Broaden my view and network

That’s it for now. Hope I will be satisfied in ten weeks time…

One comment on ‘My expectations’

Maurizio Merico — 17 January 2011 17:58
Thank you David. Having taught using an e-learing envirorment during the lasts four years, I know that it is not so easy to organize time to be devoted to the activities involved in such a course, but also how interesting and useful that way of learning could be ... particularly for your lasts two expectations. I hope you will manage as well as possible Best wishes Maurizio