ID: Participant at the International Adult Learners´ Seminar at Knuston Hall, Northamptonshire, UK in October 2004
My name is Helga Osp Johannsdottir. I was born in a town called Akureyri in the north of Iceland. In Akureyri there are about 15,000 people which makes it the biggest town in that part of Iceland. I am almost thirty two years old, I have a boyfriend, I have an eight-year-old girl, I am expecting a baby in May 2005 and I am the second oldest of six sisters who are my best friends. I was sixteen years old when I dropped out of school because I told myself that I was not a good student. I did not go back until I was thirty. It was very difficult, but I went to school for adults who have not been in school for many years like me which helped me very much.
In the beginning of January 2000 I started to work in a pre-school. I liked it a lot so my ambition was to go back to school to learn more. In Spring 2003 I decided to send an application to the Iceland University of Education and I was accepted. Presently I am completing a three-year course, learning to be a pre-school teacher at the Iceland University of Education in Reykjavik. I am in my second year so I am hoping to graduate as a pre-school teacher in one and a half or two years´ time.