Tuesday, February 8, 2011

What happens in the shower, should stay in the shower

After reading Diaries of a Neurotic Non-Trad's blog post, Famous Non-Trads, I was inspired to shout to the world about the trials and tibulations of mature age students.  I decided that our little minority group deserved recognition on campus and promptly emailed the uni newspaper and suggested doing a story on this phenomenon - the struggles we must face as we balance family, career and study.

This little discussion with myself continued as I hopped in the shower and I came up with the brilliant idea to start my own uni newspaper aimed at the mature age student.  As I whipped my hair up into a lather (but not back and forth), the possibilities of this idea seemed endless.  I remembered early last year in my film analysis class, a young student made the bold move of starting her very own film mag and it finally got off the ground with the first edition coming out in the last semester.  If she could do it, why couldn't I?  I must send her an email and see how she went about it, I told myself.

I jumped out of the shower as my creative juices seemed to be overflowing with ideas.  I could call it Mature Age Monthly - Mature Age Mag or The Non-Trad News.  I printed out a template of regular articles I could include such as, What's your story? - a monthly article on a mature age student which covers their life and motivations for studying and how they balance family, career and study; Movie and Theatre reviews, Book reviews; Cultural reviews of events around Brisbane; What's on around campus; Resources and Mature age trivia (inspired by Diaries of a Neurotic!)

Now, in the harsh, dry, light of day, I'm forced to reconsider my 'brilliant' idea as the usual thoughts of self-doubt creep over me.  For a couple of hours the possibilities seemed endless - now it just sounds ridiculous!  How would I even do such a thing?  Where would I find the time?  Who would want to read it?  It would probably get laughed at and thrown in the bin.  But even amongst the negative thoughts my mind is so capable of creating, there is a tiny voice inside me that still thinks it is a possibility. 

I wonder, did JFK junior have the same nagging doubts when he created George?  I know, I know - my piddley little idea doesn't even compare to a political magazine created by America's Prince, but from little things, big things grow. With a little bit of self-belief anything is possible.  Unfortunately, my big ideas and self confidence only occur either in the middle of the night or while I'm in the shower, which is probably where they should stay! 


  1. I think it is a fantastic idea! You may be right and maybe the university won't want anything to do with it but ya never know unless you try. Maybe start smaller with a column in the University Newspaper that they already have (if they already have one) rather than an entire Non-Trad Newspaper? Of course, if you don't have the time to do it, then it can be put off! Thanks for the shout out for my blog! =))

  2. I'd be keen on it! And I know others that would be too! Go for it I say!!! (you cold get it distributed around all the local Unis. Then there's advertising that could go in it etc etc...!) An exciting idea indeed!!!!

  3. I think it's an excellent idea, I bet all the other mature students on you campus would love it & love to help too. Go for it!

  4. Great idea! Non-trad students are becoming more prevalent at universities and we have few, if any, resources directed toward our experiences. We need your newspaper!

  5. I'm thinking I should follow up on this idea. Thanks guys - maybe it's not such a bad idea after all.

  6. Brilliant idea! It's a good match for your studies in writing and would look good on your resume. Plus you'd bring positive attention to the non-trad population at your school - very empowering for all of you.

    Ideas are like seeds in the dirt: they need darkness and water to swell and germinate. Maybe that's why you get your best ideas at night or in the shower;-) Colleen

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