Boy has the first of October crept up on me. I’ve obviously known I’d be starting by degree soon for ages, but it only dawned on me at the beginning of the week that duhh, October 1st is this weekend. And now I’m questioning my intelligence bearing in mind I’m about to start a maths degree and can’t keep track of a calendar…
Anyway. Not having an actual event, like a moving out date, freshers week or first lecture, to count down to probably explains my dimwittery. Somehow it doesn’t feel as much of a big deal as it would if I was going away to a traditional uni, and I have to keep reminding myself that I’m gonna have a LOT of work on my plate. God help me!
I’ve read lots of forums and joined Facebook groups, and am looking forward to meeting people at the IRL tutorials I’ve booked myself onto. Plenty people said it can be a little confusing and daunting at first to get your head around distance learning and know where to start, but once you get into the swing of it it’s fine!
I’ve chosen to start full time which is apparently 40 hours of study per week, so this gal is gonna have to be organised. I was advised to take it slower to begin with and start out part time, but I’ve chosen to throw myself in at the deep end anyway! Lots of people say they’ve managed full time study alongside a full time job, so I think I should be able to manage it! Famous last words haha. Touch wood. Ideally I don’t want my degree to drag out over too many years if it’s only part time, but I can always scale it back if I change my mind.
Obviously I’ll be blogging all the way through my experience with the Open University, to document my progress and hopefully start discussion. If anyone else has studied through distance learning or has any advice in general, I’m all ears.
As for how I feel about having chosen the OU… I’ve met a lot of new people over the last few months and that’s a lot of curious questions about my life, plans and education to answer! I basically have a rehearsed response. 😛 Gotta say I’m still glad I made the decision not to go away to uni – tbh I just don’t really think I’d like it, nevermind all the other reasons that it wouldn’t have made sense. I know it’s somewhat unconventional to run a lifestyle blog alongside a maths and physics degree but we’ll see how it goes. Keeping open as many options as humanly possible, with this that and the other going on.
lily kate x