I’ve talked before about studying social science with the Open University (see here, and here, and here) but I haven’t yet talked about actually finishing my degree because it seemed such a long way away.
Yesterday I submitted my fourth assignment for my current module, which means I have two more to go – one Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA) and one End of Module Assessment (EMA). I have 5,500 more words to write and submit and then I will be finished on 1 June at the latest. Finished. I started my degree way back in 2008 – it’s six years part time but I took an extra year – and it’s been a long, hard journey.
When I first started my degree I was working, had a placement lined up, I knew where I was going and what I had to do to get there. When I first started struggling with my mental illness I thought about dropping out, but it became a personal mission to prove the people who said ‘you’re doing a degree? But you’re…you know…mental’ wrong. I carried on, passing module after module, driven by the need to prove that mental illness does not equal stupidity.
I have plans for when I’ve finished studying, not big plans but plans none the less. There are lots of books waiting for me on my Kindle, there is sleep to be caught up on, walks to be taken, a neglected garden to be worked on. And I’ve had my eye on a Coursera module for some years which I will finally have time to do. I might be graduating from the OU but I don’t intend to stop learning.
But, for now, I have a TMA due in five weeks so I’d better start studying again