I’m a relatively quiet person – this is fairly evident from how little I interact on social media. It’s not that I don’t like to socialise, it’s more that I never know what to say. I tend to look inward for meaning in my life and generally keep my thoughts to myself, which makes me come across as a little awkward at times. When I’m not interacting, I’m busy learning from all of those tweets, statuses, posts and new headlines. From a very young age that passion to learn, has been one of the main driving forces in my life – that was until my children came alone.
When I had my children, I made a vow to myself. I promised that at some point, I would bite the bullet and start studying again, whatever it took. Being a mother is all well and good – it’s a challenging, awe-inspiring, beautiful and stressful experience that can take you on many a journey but I knew that at some point along the road, I would need something more. That is why two weeks ago, I started my first course with the Open University.
It’s a short course, designed to ‘break me in gently’ to the world of academic study, essay structuring, correct referencing and all the rest. It took some courage to make that step, given that it’s been nine years since I did any form of studying! Now however, I’m skipping across the pages of “Introducing Psychology”, and loving every second of it. It’s almost empowering to know that once more, that constant thirst for knowledge is being satisfied and my brain is engaging with something that is truly challenging my thoughts, making me pause, think, reflect and move on. I found writing my first essay difficult at first, but then the years of English coursework came flooding back to me and for once I felt comfortable. I could do this, I had made the right choice!
It’s strange how something so small, can have such a positive impact on your life isn’t it? We make one tiny decision in the grand scheme of things, but that decision can go on to open the way to something huge and inspiring. I now see the possibility of a degree in my future, something I had only dreamed of and who knows what may come after that? A career? More studying? The possibilities as they say, are endless.
What advice would you give to a mature student, who is studying for the first time? Perhaps you are one yourself. Do leave me a comment and share your wisdom!