If you read my hopes & dreams post earlier in the year, you may have noticed that one of my plans was to get back in to education. Well, I’ve only gone and enrolled on to a degree course with the Open University haven’t I?! In September I will officially be a student!
I’ve had a bit of a crisis of self over the last wee while. As I approached 30 I started to wonder where I was going with my life. I’ve no qualifications worth talking about, no career, no savings. As a family we get by OK, but it’s not what I imagined for us. It’s not what I imagined for me.
I’ve been looking in to retraining for a while. The idea of getting qualified, starting a career, maybe even being able to afford a mortgage… that’s the dream. But with no proper A levels, no money to pay university fees or support the family while I study it didn’t seem possible. I looked in to a few different degrees: mental health nursing, social work or psychology. Both mental health nursing and social work would have to have been done in an actual university, and the closest to me would have been Ulster University. Unfortunately, their campuses are spread across Northern Ireland, and both of the courses I wanted to do are based as far away from my house as is possible. For students at 18 relocation is generally not a problem, but with a family I can’t just move across the country.
That’s when I started looking in to the Open University and found that I could study my Psychology degree with them. Distance learning isn’t something I’d considered previously, but now it just makes sense. I can study at home, so there should be very little disruption. It also means I can continue to work, and should still have time with my family too. The whole thing just sounds perfect for me as a mature student with a family.
I honestly can’t wait. As I write this, I have about six months until the course starts and I’m already itching to go. I’m nervous too, it’s been years since I’ve done anything remotely academic, but I hope I can ease back in to it OK.
Keep an eye on my page and social media because I imagine my student life is going to be talked about a lot over the next six(!!) years. Or maybe mute me if it’s not your thing because you’ll not be able to shut me up about it soon! Eek, wish me luck!