Open University

Getting Myself Ready for Open University

It’s only a month until I officially start my BSc Honours Psychology degree with the Open University. A month is no time at all, it will be here before I know it. In fact, while my official start date is October 6th, my module website opens on September 13th. That’s three sleeps away, which is a blink and you’ll miss it sort of time frame. Holy shit, am I ready? I’m not sure if I’m ready?!

This whole OU thing started about a year ago. Having previously looked at funding options, I didn’t think doing a degree was going to be possible. Having already obtained a foundation degree in my teens, I’d already had two years of student loan, which meant I couldn’t get other one… Until recently. Last year toward the end of summer I found out that there had been some changes to the system, and as long as you enrolled on a course higher than anything you hold currently, you could apply for financial help. Happy days. I wanted to apply for the Psychology degree there and then, but with only two weeks until the deadline I knew I wasn’t going to get everything sorted in time.

So I’ve known for a year that I was going to be doing the course this October. I kept a note of all of the important dates in my calendar: when enrolment opened, when student finance applications started. I knew it all.

I’ve been mentally preparing for this for the whole year. The physical preparations began only recently. I’ve started buying stationery, books, preparing my work space, reading everything I can about the OU. It’s all still felt a bit surreal to be honest. The course books arriving last week brought me back to reality, and now I’ve suddenly realised – I’m enrolled on a Degree. Holy shit again.

I’m honestly panicking a little bit. Am I smart enough to do a degree? Have I chosen the right module? Can I motivate myself enough to study at home? Those questions and so many more have been going around and around my head for days. Only time will give me the answers to those questions. Either way, as nervous as I am about the whole thing, I can’t wait to get started. The anxiety in a run up to an event is usually worse than the even itself. I’m hoping once I get going I can silence the doubts and just get on with it.

Anyway, three more sleeps until I can find out what all the fuss is about. Am I ready? I don’t have a clue – but we’ll soon find out.


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  • Reply Rachel September 10, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    I’m training to be a Clinical Psychologist so know a bit about these books! Best of luck with the course!

  • Reply Lisa Jane September 10, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Aw best of luck to you! A very exciting new chapter.

  • Reply Katie September 10, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    wow, good on you for doing this. Best of luck with the course, I’m sure you’ll smash it x

  • Reply Michelle September 11, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Congrats on taking your next step into your education! I have been toying with the idea for a few years to go back and get my Master’s Degree but I would love to get two: One in Psychology and one in English Lit or Education. So I can’t decide but I think it’s really great that you are taking that step and Psychology is such an interesting field 🙂

  • Reply lucy mackcracken September 11, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Good luck to you as you start the journey, I did psychology for my first degree too and loved it. I think the OU is a great way to learn too and opens up more opportunities to a wider audience.

  • Reply lindsey bray September 12, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    wow, good luck. I did A level psychology and that was hard enough, very interesting though.

  • Reply Laura September 12, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Oh wow how exciting, I’m sure your going to love your course but yes a little scary! I’ve always thought about doing an Open University Course, they sound ace

    Laura x

  • Reply Wendy September 12, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Good luck!! Both my parents have done an OU degree and they couldn’t rate it high enough, they thought it was great. I’m sure you’ll find motivation to study at home, good luck with it all xx

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