“It’s my time now,” says Greta. “The kids have grown up and I saw going back to study as an opportunity to change course from the career I had in catering to learning something new.”
Greta recently embarked on a two-year full time Master of Teaching degree in Primary Education at Peninsula campus. Her decision to return to study was made after volunteering at Dandenong Primary school last year.
“I volunteered with migrant children that were learning English as an additional language and loved it. It’s the reason I decided to get qualified.”
After not having studied in years, Greta is enjoying the learning curve. She feels it’s going to be her toughest semester but the support, combined with the people and the course material are all worth it.
“It’s tight knit group of 21 and we all know each other’s name which is really lovely,” she says. “The teachers are brilliant as well. I attended orientation week and it was so welcoming. Being a postgraduate student I was made to feel like a VIP but what really impressed me was the support. If you need it, the resources are unbelievable.”
Greta’s decision to come to Monash was made following an information session.
“Monash has such a great reputation. I was so impressed with how the session was run that I didn’t need to look at any other university.”
She has also been impressed with Peninsula campus.
“From the word go I love coming to the campus early in the morning, the smell of the eucalyptus is stunning. I also love the size of the campus; it’s not too busy or big. And I love the intimacy, it makes everything accessible.”
Summing up her experience so far, Greta says “The beauty of the Master of Teaching degree is that the course prepares you practically. Although we are being thrown into the deep end with readings and theory, which are really interesting, it also incorporates practical ideas for implementing in the classroom."
On her experience as a mature aged student, she adds “I know that my brain is more switched on now because it has to be. You get to a point in life where you go ‘why not’? You never have to stop learning and I’m enjoying it.”