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So last year one of my many new year’s resolutions was to start a degree. For a few reasons I decided not to go to university when I left school as I just knew deep down that it wasn’t right for me. However, that didn’t mean to say that I wouldn’t want to look at studying again in the future. Originally, I was looking into some sort of business or marketing degree, but after researching I decided that I was going to opt for the most difficult and time-consuming degree purely so I could say that I really am a real life ‘Elle Waldorf’. Joking… ish! Law was something I had wanted to do when I was a lot younger but with the pressures of the schooling system, I constantly felt like I was put in the ‘not clever enough’ box. Well, I have learnt very quickly since leaving school, hard work and dedication is just as important as having a natural talent for something. So that is why I decided to simply go for it and choose law.

“Let me tell you something about taking on a new challenge. The best way to do it is to say yes before even thinking. If you think, you will always talk yourself out of it!”

So, as you can imagine from what I have said about not wanting to go to university and having a full-time business to run I have opted for the open university. After seeing a few ads for them and hearing very good feedback I just simply took a little look through and saw instantly what I wanted to do. The set-up process was so simple, all paid through a student loan, and everything was so simple and easy from the get-go. In fact, six weeks before starting I had a spontaneous phone call from my tutor which lasted over an hour where he asked everything about me, why I chose the course, what to expect and every detail you could imagine. This put me at ease massively, as I was started to feel very apprehensive about it.

Once starting I took my time to get into it, budgeting certain times in the week and having power study sessions so I wasn’t letting myself get overwhelmed. This is one of the main things I love so far about the open uni… it fits in with my existing life… not the other way around. As and when I can I study, I read, and I organise making me feel totally in control of my own learning and progress within the degree. Don’t get me wrong I am very strict with myself and dedicated to the course, but it is much easier to be when you are playing with your own time.

The whole degree is flexible. I can do it when I want, where I want and most importantly all on my terms. What better way to enjoy your education?

The course itself is amazing. Everything is so simply put, easy to follow and most importantly great to engage with. I love our online lectures where we all interact with one another as it makes it feel a lot more real, especially learning from our amazing tutors who all work in the law as well as tutoring. The weekly work has been a little heavy but only when I have personally been very busy in life, so is more than doable if you stick to your budgeted study times. There are so many extra resources available, especially for law, and constant support from tutors and all your fellow students.

I wanted to keep this short and sweet, just to give an overview of my thoughts so far. So far so good in my eyes and I am so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone and took on the challenge. If you’ve ever been considering trying something new, need a degree for a career choice or even just want to learn for the sake of learning, you have to do it! I promise you won’t regret it.



I have not been paid to feature The Open University and all views and opinions are my own.

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