For the past year I have been part of the Museums Associations Transformers: Diversify cohort. The year has flown by and I attended the final wrap up event last month.
Last weekend I spent several hours hibernating, knitting and watching all 13 episodes of Kenneth Clark’s original Civilisation series. (I have so far only watched one episode of the BBC’s reboot, and I wasn’t impressed, but I will give it a chance and won’t pass judgement until I’ve watched a few more).
As the first week of 2018 ends, I have been reflecting on how well I have kept up with my New Year’s Resolutions so far (or, as I am trying to think of it, have I made small steps this week towards my wider goals?).
The subject of Museum Studies MAs, volunteering and internships as entry routes into the sector has been buzzing again on my twitter feed and various email lists again lately. The wider subject of tuition fees and student debt has also been in the news. Meanwhile, this week I made the final payment on my own student loan. One of my student loans. Not the undergraduate one which I will likely never pay back. This was a Career Development Loan I took out to pay for (some of) my Museum Studies MA fees, with a hefty fixed monthly payment which started the month after I finished the course, regardless of how much I was earning. (I knew what I was getting into when I signed up to the loan of course, and I have been employed throughout the repayment period, although at times underemployed and not earning very much).