#Blogtober17 - Back to Education, Starting Uni years after education

Thursday, 5 October 2017
So I've mentioned a few times over the years how I always planned to go to University. Initially I wanted to be a children's nurse, however things didn't go as planned. My tutor didn't remind me about opening times for UCAS and I only wanted to go to a decent University - she told me I needed to apply early to even stand a chance. I could have applied the following year but I'm not good in social situations and didn't want to study with those not my age. I find it difficult to make friends the best of times and would have really felt out of place. 

Time passed, and eventually I decided that University wasn't meant to be for me. I set myself into just continuing to work until I found my dream job to make a career. Still yet to happen

After Jack starting school full time last year, I decided I wanted to do something with my college qualification and wanted to get back into working within a school. However, as I've not done it for some time, it's proved difficult and I'm still within the pharmacy. But I'd also considered studying to be a teacher or something similar. Ashley was going through a job change, which still hasn't come about and we decided it was best for him to be settled before I moved around. 

But, with Ashleys new job still awaiting final details and paperwork, then his course I decided to just go for it. At the beginning of August, after much deliberation I phoned up Open University and enrolled onto one of the degrees, BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies to be exact. 

Open University is seen as part time study as you do it within your own time at home. They recommend 60 credits a year which is equivalent to part time study, so I signed up to my compulsory module and simply was awaiting October to arrive. About a week before the official cut off date for enrolling I decided I would add on another 60 credits, the equivalent of studying full time. Now my course has been temporarily opened for 2 weeks now and I'm already really nervous, and my official start date is this Saturday. 

I've waited almost 8 years for this moment, and now its finally here I'm a mix of emotions. I'm excited to get started on my new adventure, whilst equally nervous of how I will manage - will I even manage?
So I guess that is it, I'm the crazy one working part time, looking after two children full time and everything that comes with them alongside studying full time. I'll see ya'll on the other side.


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