This is my first ever blog!
One of the things I loved as a child was going on a journey: on a bus, train or anything – to travel was an adventure. Being small, it was sometimes difficult to look through a steamed-up train window to see the world outside and try to understand it.
For me, there are many links to learning in the travel metaphor. I came to university learning later in life, but it remains like a wonderful journey for me. Sometimes I continue to be too small to see things in the world and there are some things which I continue not to understand. But at uni’ there’s always someone else who is in the same boat (or train), someone else who also cannot see what to others seems obvious. You think that you are the only one who cannot see the full picture, that it is your window which is always steamed-up. From my experience, as soon as you start to raise these issues you quickly find others think the same way and share the same fears. But in a place where learning is everything, there is always someone who is willing to help. Tutors, peers, librarians and others. People who actually get a buzz from helping you on your journey. Once you have arrived at your destination you realise that the concern, the trepidation and the hard work was well worth it.
Sometimes the journey is bumpy, sometimes joyful – but what a ride!