Your favourite movie
This is horrendously hard… I don’t think I could pick just one all time favourite movie. But some of my tops are Evil Dead (all of them), Aladdin, Mulan, Lion King, The Great Gatsby, As good as it gets, Happy Gilmore, Carrie… so many others and for Italian, Benvenuti al Sud and Mine Vaganti.
Eventually I’ll make a thematic list of my top films!
Your favourite blogs
I don’t know that I have any particular favourite blogs, more that I enjoy reading whatever appears on my feed, usually thematically – travel, languages, history.
I do try to check out Realm of History and Dr Jennifer Wagner’s Blog on ielanguages.
Thoughts on Education
We’ve been here before on this topic!
I believe in education as a means to progress, to move forward and upward – stepping out of the cave and into the light. But I also believe in education for education’s sake. The reduction of learning to testing and scoring and grading really defeats the point of education. We’re supposed to learn so we know, not memorise to get an A. And I’m speaking as someone who rarely gets As, even now in my masters… I don’t really care. I’ve long since accepted that there are people who just get the system and know how to ‘hack’ their work to fit what is asked for, and I’ve seen myself work my arse off doing what I believe to be the right thing only for it to be handed back with a limp grade and red pen marks telling me I didn’t get it…
Education shouldn’t be elitist and exclusionary, but it is. Education should be for everyone, should be free and easy to access in whatever form is most suitable for a person. Not everyone can up sticks and move across the country to attend a uni for five years to earn their degree, more needs to be done online and more accessible online… that includes the fees and making the internet far cheaper, if not free. Let everyone have a chance.
Hell, make it as easy to get into education as it is to apply for Big Brother. Open the floodgates, let the people learn!
Where will you be in 5 years?
Well this is an interesting one, for the first time in my whole life I don’t really have any forward plan other than the next few months. Right now it’s all dependent on different outcomes, other people, and to what extent I can keep myself working.
I hope that in 5 years I will be comfortable, happy and doing what I enjoy – whether I’m in Glasgow or abroad.
Most Embarrassing Moment
Um. It’s hard to say, most of the moments I can think of are more humiliating than just embarrassing.
I would probably say the time in fifth year of high school when I blacked out at the end of lunch and fell into the one puddle in the middle of the courtyard. It was June, but Scotland, hence there still being a puddle. I woke to find the whole school crowded around me waiting to see if I was dead or not, then the eruption of laughter as they realised I wasn’t dead… I was confused, I thought I was home watching Hollyoaks and couldn’t remember falling at all.
I got called Puddle Girl for a month.
What’s in your closet
Clothes, a surplus of handbags and messenger bags I never get to use, crochet projects, and some skeletons.