Dear The Open University, Errrm I’m back … sorry?
Too say I feel like a boomerang is an understatement. After studying with the OU for a year part time, I moved to a brick university. After a term at a brick University I realised I’d made a massive mistake and now I’m back. I’ve been told by countless amount of people that my decision wasn’t bad, I haven’t let anyone down and everything is fine – so why do I feel like I’m crawling back for forgiveness after a messy break up?
Open University I’m sorry for ever thinking of leaving you. I’m sorry for putting another university above you and most importantly I’m sorry for doubting you for even a minute.
If you have studied with the Open University before you will know that sometimes you don’t get the best tutors in the world. After writing a 1500 word essay and only receiving 3 sentences back on feedback, I lost all motivation. I didn’t know how to improve anymore and was stuck getting 75%-80% marks. Don’t get me wrong I’m incredibly happy and proud to be on a solid 2:1, but for an OU student it is incredibly frustrating considering you need 85% for a first. With this frustration it is what led me to the University of York. I thought that going to a brick university was the solution to all of my academic needs, lectures on hand who I could talk face to face with, being surrounded by students studying the same subject – with the same mental breakdowns during exam season. I was wrong. I was very wrong.
Moving to a brick university surrounded by 18/19 year olds who had no motivation, no respect and just wanted to get blind drunk was not my idea of hard core studying. Although I’m only 22 and love a good night out, I’m not for going out on lecture nights, walking 30 minutes into town in the cold just to walk back two hours later because someone’s “too drunk again” – been there, done that.
Open University honestly is that second chance to carry on with your life without missing out. No it isn’t the same as Brick University, but it is an experience I wouldn’t pass up. It’s safe to say educationally “I’m home” and happier than ever.
• I use the below image as a reminder of how good I felt when I submitted my final assignment from year 1.