I’ve nearly completed one term as a Distance Learner. So I thought I’d put together a small list about what you should be/have/do in order to make it through. Obviously this could change after a year of doing this.
1. Give up your social life.
I’m not joking a Masters is hard enough but doing it via Distance Learning is even harder. Give up an semblance of anything other than working and studying and possibly going to the gym.
2. Sleep is an option not a necessity
Really think about how much sleep you need. I’ve managed to function on 7.5 hours a night now on 14 hour days. Fitting in studying AND working full-time isn’t a 70/30 split it’s more like 50/50.
3. Your tutors will not appreciate that you have a full-time job.
They say they do/will but they won’t. The timing of assignments and ‘chats’ on Sunday nights will prove that.
4. The People on your course are Not Your Friend.
You will exchange comments with them via the aforementioned chats and various forums. Don’t be fooled. These people are not ever going to talk to you about anything other than the course. No new friends here folks!
5. People won’t get it.
‘Oh so you’re a Distance Learner, with the OU?’ Not really no. It’s not ‘one module per time period’ It’s essentially what it says on the tin you are working and studying full time at the same time.
Other gems – you won’t be able to see your boyfriend/girlfriend, your parents will beg you to leave you desk every now and again, your idea of a good time will be not being anywhere near your computer. Skin will go downhill, bags under the eyes. People who have fun and go out during the week will make you cry – but not for too long because you could be using that time to study or sleep.
This morning, (although they were sent yesterday) I received my marks for my first assignment. I did awfully. In fact, so awful, I’m wondering if I’m even doing the right thing. Surely if I want to be a librarian the very fundamental act of knowing how to classify and catalogue books shouldn’t be something I find difficult right? Yes it was the first assignment etc etc and I know I didn’t understand the topic (not well anyway) but still. I guess we’ll see how I get on in the next 2 months or so. I’m no overly optimistic right now.
That’s all. My life has drastically changed to what it was a year ago. I was moaning to my boyfriend last week. “I HAVEN’T CHANGED. WHAT A RIDICULOUS NOTION.’ But I have.
First and foremost, this is the longest job I’ve had, probably, ever, (even if it is only by a few days). I currently work for a big corporation, I’m still getting used to this because it’s something I’d always said that I’d never do and I’m studying for my third degree. And I have a boyfriend! Definitely not where I saw myself this time last year. Working in a library is not something that I’d ever considered and not something that I ever thought I could be good at. And don’t get me wrong, I spent a goodly portion of my time getting things wrong, or as my boss says, mostly right but not 100%. I like being around books and learning, and my boss has kept me around so I can’t be doing too badly. Continue reading →
I recently finished the above trilogy of books on a recommendation from a fellow YA book lover. I enjoyed this series almost against my will – just because I’ve sorta become a bit bored of the whole genre especially after Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness (if you haven’t read the series, you should, one of the most beautifully crafted series for YA that I’ve ever seen). And the very bubblegum Divergent and Insurgent (rumour has it Kate Winslet signed on to be in it). Anyway back to the task at hand. Maze Runner.
I read a lot. I mean in the last few days I’ve read 2 books, and I have a couple of books that I keep coming back to [Age of Innocence and Part I of 3rd book in the Song of Ice of Fire]. Now, you could think that I’m reading trashy, pulpy books, and with me it works out, for every 5 ‘proper’ books, I’ll read some trashy regency novel or something of that ilk. I will read everything from George R.R. Martin to Sophie Kinsella to Eoin Colfer. I just love books and the act of reading because I like that fiction takes me somewhere new, and lets me look at the world in a completely different way. Continue reading →
I’m a day late it seems this year with wishing well to various people/events. (It’s also Chinese New Year so Happy Year of the Snake to you!!). Perhaps more relevant to me was the fact it was National Library Day yesterday. As someone that spent most of my formative years in a library and quite a few besides that, libraries are very special to me. Continue reading →
There is something truly lovely about this video that I can’t quite put into words. I mean I am a Disney fan from ‘Snow White’ all the way through to ‘Monsters Inc’ (ok I was not a fan of ‘Cars’). And I don’t know what it is but when I watch videos like the one above, it’s like all the magic of Disney hits me all over again. What makes it even better is that there is no spoken word in this film but it’s not needed. It makes me see that sometimes actions/expressions are louder than words, and sometimes all that’s needed. More especially are that chance meetings have the potential to change your life forever. I did spend a good portion of time thinking, well what’s going to happen to the guy after he walks out of that room to chase that girl? And what about the girl, was she going for an interview? All the possibilites are endless and I love that that’s what this video shows. And paper airplanes. Who doesn’t love paper airplanes?