Yearning to Learn

Lately I find myself browsing through university websites checking out courses. Whether it’s another Masters or a Doctors (not the same as PhD) in Psychology or just further education courses, I find myself drawn to studying.


Well, part of me wonders if I’m just fucked in the head a sucker for punishment!

But then, there’s another part of me that really wants to study clinical psychology. Or a new language. Or a creative writing course. Or a course in suicidology. (Yes, there actually is one!)

At the same time, I realise I cannot give up working at the moment. And any psych course would involve me having to cut down my working hours. I need the money. More importantly, I love my work. (Even though at the moment I’m bloody tired!) Pursuing a psych course would mean more anxiety in any case — another thesis, assignments, placements, assignments — I’d have to be reallllly good at managing my time. And while I have juggled work and uni, work wasn’t psych work which is mentally draining. Work during uni was in the library which was quite all right. I guess the next psychology degree will just have to wait…

I am guessing I should settle for something lighter — like learning a new language at community college. (Read: Not for the purposes of a degree)

But then here’s the next big question — which language?

German, Italian, Japanese and Modern Greek are some I’m playing with because I know people who speak these and it would help in practising the language.


I studied French for 3 years (shudder!) and can’t remember much apart from je m’appelle Psych Babbler, Tres Bien, and Au Revoir. I can’t speak Hindi (used to speak Hinglish but after 5 years of no use…that’s gone) nor can I speak Tamil (which happens to be my mother tongue) In short — what hope do I have in learning a new language?

In spite of it all, I’m dying to learn. To have books. To take notes. To sit in a classroom.

Am I nuts? Especially given that I hardly have time.

Until next time,


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  • memoriesandmirages
    21 September 2009 at 3:06 pm

    i’ve been thinking about going back to school too…i miss it all – the classrooms, the tests, the grades and all the fun :-)…but dunno when that’s gonna happen 🙁

    have you decided what you are gonna do yet?

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    21 September 2009 at 5:21 pm

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  • rocksea
    21 September 2009 at 6:58 pm

    I have learnt some italian and japanese as i have lived in those countries. Have also played with a bit of german and greek. I would say italian may be easy to read and write and could give a better insight to the origin of a lot of latin-english words. Getting the vocabulary is easy, but the grammar can be tiring. Japanese is easy to learn to speak as their grammar is easy. However they have 3 set of scripts and they use these 3 in just one sentence. I learnt 2 out of these, but failed to master it as I didnt learn the 3rd one, kanji. Learning greek could be interesting at the beginning i guess. It is easy to start it if you know the greek symbols used in mathematics.

  • Solilo
    21 September 2009 at 11:04 pm

    PB, I am planning to a career change to Neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Just getting everything ready for that. 🙂

    Study till you love it.

  • Amol Naik
    22 September 2009 at 5:42 am

    Just go for it! Learning at earlier stages is much easier, once the “family” comes into picture, it would all be less and less time for anything outside…

  • Psych Babbler
    22 September 2009 at 10:13 am

    @ Titaxy: I’m starting to think that studying and all that goes with it can be addictive! What say?

    @ Min Min: Thanks for that…I’m kinda thinking of actually sitting in a classroom and learning…and esp for languages, that would be the best way for me to learn!

    @ Rocksea: I have an idea of some of the Greek symbols. And in all languages, grammar appears to be the killer, huh? I hated studying French grammar!!! 😛

    @ Solilo: That’s amazing! Neuroscience wasn’t my fav bit in psych (too biological for me) but cog psych was interesting. Enjoy yourself!!

    @ Amol: Yeah…on the one hand I think this is the best time to study…but then again…who knows?

  • Sonu
    22 September 2009 at 12:51 pm

    A lot of my friends have studied German and found it pretty easy to grasp so maybe you could try that. But you said the school where you work has a lot of Greek students so maybe that would be a better option. Just my opinion.

  • Sidthegnomenator
    23 September 2009 at 7:39 am

    I love studying as well – I am currently trying to learn Dutch, studying the philosophical side of yoga (I’ve been doing the physical for years and thought looking deeper would be interesting) and thinking about doing an A level in history just for fun.

    Psychology sounds good as well … hhhhmmmm …

    Yep, I totally know where you are coming from.


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