Life changes, and a couple of years later it was time to have some time-out from parish ministry. After a short break, I returned to work in the secular market. But it didn’t last. Unemployment loomed, and it didn’t take long to discover that it might be some time before I found full-time employment.

But I needed to do something to keep myself sane. And as I was good at learning—it stretched my mind—I enrolled myself in a Bachelor of Arts with the local University.

Now this was never an option in my younger days. But now, as a mature age student, the opportunity was freely available. So I grasped the opportunity with both hands. I also chose to do it by correspondence, to increase the variety of subjects available. It would also make sure that if I did find a job, I would be able to complete the course.

The course itself entailed completing four subjects in the first year, three in the second, and two in the last. And each subject was divided into two units. Of course, as a part-time student I was able to spread the course over a lot longer period. However, I was keen not to spread it out too much, as I was determined to complete the course.

As Geography was one of my favourite subjects at school, that was one of the topics I chose in which to major. But I also chose History, as I had learnt through my biblical studies how interesting history could be. Then, as the university offered no credits for my prior theological education, I chose Sociology and Psychology to fill in the gaps.

Less than twelve months later, I had finished my first year, and shortly after that, I was back at work. But far from finding study, whilst working full-time, demanding, I discovered I needed that extra stimulus I wasn’t getting at work. So, I stuck with it. And, fortunately, my employer allowed me time out to sit the exams.

Now the topics that I particularly enjoyed were all second and third year units, and they included Climate and Economic Geography, and African (Kenya and South Africa) and American History. I particularly enjoyed the history units as the lecturers clearly favoured an emphasis on everyday living conditions to regurgitating significant events.

Worked dragged, but the time studying seemed to fly very quickly. So it wasn’t long before I had completed the course. Mission accomplished. But then it was time for a break. However, it was only a few years later that my life was to change, yet again, and it I would take me on a very different education adventure indeed.

To be continued …

Posted: 28th December 2017
© 2017, Brian A Curtis