I’m going to say something that I never thought I’d say…..I miss studying. I miss the reading, the assignments, the stress of deadline. Everything. I deferred my last module as I was having a really hard time with it, trying to fit it in around already working full-time, being a mum and trying to run. I have really enjoyed having over 9 months off studying, I didn’t miss having to do an exam but I did miss having the excitement of getting results and sharing in that enjoyment or commiseration.
I have signed up to do another module, I now have 3 years left (again) instead of two but I’m extremely glad I dropped the History module. I’ve changed to English on an Open Degree and I’m really looking forward to starting. I’m checking the website constantly to see if my module textbooks have been dispatched (not yet, by the 31st August apparently) and even though I know the module website doesn’t open until the 12th September, I keep checking for anything new on there. Once the website has opened, I can do my next favourite thing when studying – order all the stationery I’ll need for the upcoming year. I normally try to find cute and quirky notepads etc but this year, I might just stay traditional, I will buy lots of new pens though! I love stationery, it’s one thing that I will seriously take me time over to get just right.
The Open University has definitely helped me over the past three years, I have really enjoyed getting back into studying after deciding I wanted to get a degree and not knowing what to do. There are a lot of distance learning colleges/universities out there so if you’re thinking of doing anything like this; please do your research. I went with a different company to do a marketing course, and it was a terrible experience.
I’ve made lots of lovely friends doing this degree, many of them not on my course thanks to the wonders of Facebook, but we’re all there to help each other, and I couldn’t ask for a nice bunch of people to be with me on this journey. As mature students, we all have our own lives and issues to deal with but you wouldn’t think that from some the conversations we’ve had and the help given in forums. The only thing I don’t think I get much out of with the OU is the tutorials, mine have all been quit far away from where I live but the ones I’ve managed to go to have been interesting, I just find it hard to make friends in real life! The main thing I like about the OU, is how I feel when talking about it to others. I’m proud to be a part of it, I’m following in the footsteps of my parents (who met at OU) and my grandma who studied with them extensively in her later years and I’m glad that I chose this route to go down. I think going to a brick uni at 18, I’d have got lost in the system and that is not something I would have dealt with well at the time. Now though, i prefer to do things in my own time, at my own pace and it means I can balance the OU and my family life relatively easily. Once I’ve graduated, who knows what I’ll do, but I know having this degree will be able to open doors for me in a way I never thought possible.