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May 13th, 2013, 03:05 PM
Gaby&Emmy'sMama's Avatar aka NZ-Emma
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Location: Christchurch, NZ
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I haven't been on JM in a long time, and a lot has changed since I was here last... biggest change is that I'm now married and have gone from a household of 3 to a household of 6!

For those of you who don't know me, I'm Emma, I live in New Zealand... I'm married to Lauriel... we have 4 kids between us. My daughters are Emersyn (almost 3) and Gabrielle (6 1/2), Lauriel has Eloise (9) and Aidan (5 1/2). We had a long distance relationship for a year, but in January the girls and i moved up here to live with Lauriel & her kids, and then in April we finally got married!

I began studying (again) in February - I've started about 4 times but always dropped out after the first semester, I think because I wasn't REALLY that interested in what I was doing & was just doing it for the sake of it... I am now doing a Bachelor of Communication, majoring in journalism studies, with a minor in expressive arts... And while this first year has a lot of papers that I have little interest in, next year I get to move on to the papers more specific to my interests. I can't wait. I would love a career in journalism - and I'm also an amateur writer & would love to go on to have a book (or 20) published...

I'm studying extramurally (ie online) & am finding it suits me a LOT better than actually going into campus for classes... I am a little snowed under right now with assignments due, and needing to study for exams - but I'm determined this time I will complete what I have started... in 2 1/2 years time, LOL.

I look forward to getting to know you all better

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May 13th, 2013, 10:39 PM
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Location: Austin, TX
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I have been going to school on and off since 2004 and I'm finally finishing now. It wasn't until after I had my son that I decided on a degree of my liking, and I can honestly say I truly enjoy my major. (Criminal Justice). There were so many times that I started and dropped or stopped altogether so I know how that goes but the last three years I finally stuck at it and now I'm only two classes away which I'm currently taking during this summer. Its hard at times but just keeping going. Its worth it.
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May 16th, 2013, 07:23 PM
Gaby&Emmy'sMama's Avatar aka NZ-Emma
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thanks I've started my BA about 3 times, because I felt as if to be 'successful' I needed to have a degree under my belt.... each time I decided to study something that I 'liked', rather than something I was passionate about, or could imagine having a career in...

After my Bachelors I'm going to have to do a post-grad qualification to actually become a qualified journalist, but I think it will all be worth it to be able to finally support my family in the way I want to. Sounds stupid, but I feel like I've already achieved a lot by making it to the end of my first semester (well, in a couple of weeks) and still being up to date.... normally after about 4 weeks I start falling behind

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