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“When given an opportunity, deliver excellence and never quit.”
― Robert Rodriguez,

 

Today’s photos are courtesy of Yankee Candle and the Uni Dissertation office! A bit random, but that’s what you get when you spend most of a lazy Sunday writing lots and lots of words… I also photographed the tree again! But in a slightly more creative way…

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So today was mostly reserved for bashing out the final 2,000 words of my final final final university essay. I wanted it done, dusted and posted (because after spending all year submitting electronically they want it posted!) so that the next two weeks could be focused on hard, targeted revision. Having met that goal is amazing. I have such a clear mind (in my dreams). For those interested in the Open University and those who perceive it as the easy way out…trust me, it’s not. My whole journey with the Open Uni has been self motivated, self funded and self taught. With the exception of the past year where I have attended a grand total of three tutorials and experienced a great deal of support and indeed teaching, from my tutor.

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Instead of going to classes nearly everyday of the week and being lectured at, the Open Uni involves sitting in my room, at my computer, surrounded with all manner of better things to do, whilst trying to bash out numerous assignments and at the same time trying to collate, remember and revise copious amounts of text. I could quite often write a blog post of many more words, than my assignments – and more often than not in just a few short minutes too. With the assignments, comes the self doubt. I’ve been studying for four years with the OU, my first year involved a nice breezy level one course, my second involved Law (free choice, I chose to do it!). But in 2013 I decided to up my game and wasn’t going to wait around four more years to finish my degree…I lumped two level two courses together and found myself in much the same situation last Summer, as I am right now. End of module assignment due with an exam looming for the other course…

This year, I decided to do my final two level three courses at once. I had concerned advisors from the uni ringing me up and expressing their belief that this was too much for one person to undertake and work full time alongside. I even changed tutors at the latter end of 2013 because she didn’t even believe that I could do it. (The last thing I needed whilst undertaking such a heavy task, was doubt and disbelief from a tutor – the very person that I relied upon!) Nevertheless, every assignment that makes up my final two results this year has been a pass – and all I need now is to get a good exam grade and a good final assignment grade for this 4,000 word beast in order to come out with a degree.

It won’t be the degree in Psychology that I first started out with the intentions of obtaining (the science was beyond me!) and it won’t be the degree in law that I rather ambitiously thought I could afford let alone achieve in 2012. Instead it will be a degree in Social Policy and Criminology, something which both fascinates and engages me! Fingers crossed I get there – and sorry for the very long uni related ramble, but not only can it be done via distance learning (and the odd exam here and there) but it can be done in a considerably less amount of years than the Open University advises too!

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