After finishing school, I felt I needed a break. That break turned into 9 years working as a teacher assistant. Whilst working, that longing of obtaining a degree never left me, so when the job came to an end, I finally took the jump to apply for university.
Going through the whole process was the most nerve wracking, yet exciting thing to happen at that time. The process is really clear and if ever you are stuck, there is always someone available to help, whether that be over the phone, via email and even Twitter. My qualifications were more than 5 years old, so I had to enrol on the Foundation course which didn’t matter as it was needed to get me to where I wanted to go.
Being a young family, deciding not to go back to work was major decision for us as one wage was not going to be coming in but there is plenty of resources and financial backing to help you depending on your personal situations.
The day before starting I had such ‘back to school nerves’, the worries of being the oldest, what if I don’t fit it? What if I’m the only with children? But stepping into room D1.06 quickly put all my thoughts to rest. There was such a vast array of people I was put at ease almost instantly. Regardless of age of background, everyone is there to learn.
You really get a feel of the different subjects on this course, almost tasters of what your chosen pathway will be like. All lecturers were really approachable and understanding. Lectures are really interactive, and they encourage healthy debate. If you were having palpitation like me ‘The Leading to Graduateness’ module was amazing as they actually teach you the skills of what you’ll need to go through your chosen degree. The introduction to psychology confirmed for me that what pathway I wanted to do. Lots of others went with the idea of a subject but have chosen something different. Throughout COVID-19, the support given by those particular lecturers of the modules we were mid-way through was fantastic, their interactive lectures on Moodle, really helped to ease the frantic time.
I hope when you read this you take the plunge to apply. Go for it! I assure you the whole experience will not disappoint you. There are people everywhere to help you. If you’re not sure of something just ask.