Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Am I doing the right course?

I decided to do another Masters progamme which has brought me all the way to Malta. I have got mixed reactions from this statement like...aren't you tired of school? How much knowledge do you want to acquire? I know, I know but what can I say? No knowledge is useless, besides I love this course I am doing which by the way is; Contemporary Diplomacy.

This is a truly beautiful place, I love the view from my room. So far, I have not been able to see the city because we have classes from 9 A.M to 9 P.M, it has been an interesting marathon. The time has flown so fast, we have one more day to go. The courses so far have been great, engaging. I wake up these days looking forward to having classes, a sign that I made the right choice.



As always, I had many of my class mates asking questions about Nigeria, everyone wanting to know more about the next persons country. The class mix is wonderful: there are ten of us from all walks but mostly tilting towards diplomatic areas, we have shared different experiences from work scenes and you get to realise that you are not alone. Jamaica, Bahamas, Fiji, Malawi, Mexico, South Africa, Hungary, Dominica, Palestine and Nigeria are the countries represented. They are all great people, so far, I have enjoyed their company. We managed to go out last night for a show which was basically the Maltese history in drama... it was different, we had fun.

We took a tour to an Island off the Maltese Island which is still a part of Malta called Gozo, it is a beautiful place.We picked the wrong time to go though. The winter in Malta hasn't been as bad as it is this year in a while. We sat out on the tour bus on our way going around Gozo but some of us were too cold to stay on top of the bus on our way back, we sat in. Unfortunately, the bus was an old one, the smoke from the silencer filled the bus, we complained to the driver but he had nothing good to say...(part of why I have a sore throat today, I had to go and see a doctor :-( story for another time).

The courses I have done so far have made me feel like my knowledge is very limited, one can never know enough. I found today particularly challenging, I had a mental block at some point. We were given the task to come up with a draft resolution on behalf of different countries, do some negotiation and then create press releases. We were interviewed...we were role playing basically but this exercise in the last two days has been draining. Don't get me wrong, as challenging as it may be, it is enjoyable and giving me the training I need. Our lecturers have commended us and have been great. The organizers have been very helpful and patient.

I am putting up a few pictures of Malta, I can't resist. You have to share in the beauty of this place with me :-)
St. Julian's bay

The rainbow

St. Julian, the view from my room

Gozo in daylight

A lovely view of Gozo









2 comments:

  1. Lovely place I can see from your pixes, and I hope you get to enjoy the whole program.

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  2. It is indeed a beautiful place. I am looking forward to enjoying the entire program. I have high expectations for this course :-)

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