This weekend is the start of a new chapter in my life as I prepare to start my studies at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. I have a few more weeks before I start but I am moving up to the Isle of Skye to prepare myself for this life change. I must say I am feeling a little nervous and apprehensive not least because of the uncertainty caused by Covid and how that will affect my studies. I am reminded of the day, many years ago, when I started my undergraduate studies at the University of Kent.
A few days before leaving for Skye I had visited a local shop in Tetbury called Artique with a friend. He bought a Ganesh and I was intrigued. A Ganesh is an elephant-headed god of Hinduism and people display them in their homes around his festival on 22 August.
Hindu tradition states that Ganesha is a god of wisdom, success and good luck and my friend added that he helps you to overcome obstacles. I was sold fearing I would need all the help I could get as I face the challenges of doctoral work!