Why school or college is not for everyone series: week three staring Ruth.

Blogtober Day 16:

Welcome back to my blog. We are now on week three of my brand new series why school or college is not for everyone! Today this series is taking a little twist and you’ll soon see why when we meet Ruth. I just want to thank everyone who has helped me make this series work by sending me their stories! 

I am truly grateful and honoured that they would share their story with me. I am excited to see how far this blog series goes. 

Lets meet Ruth: 

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Why I chose the Open University

At college I was very ill with my heart, and was in and out of hospital. I still got 4 A levels A-C and I was very happy with that.

After college I decided to take a year out, and go explore the world. I went to see my Dad in the United Arab Emirates, and got some work experience working for his company. I was so undecided what to do.

I remember as a child I wanted to be a nurse, a teacher or an Astronaut. Everyone wants to see the moon right? Most of my aunties were teachers, and my Mum was a retired a teacher.

Growing up, I grew up around children.

I come from a large family, and whenever we were at my Nana’s or Gran’s, as one of the older grandchildren I used to play games with my cousins, and one of them I taught how to write their name. That was one of my proud moments.

After a year of umming and ahhhing, I decided to look at Education. After seeing an advert on TV I decided to go for the Open University.

With the Open University, you can choose to do the course full-time or part-time. With my health conditions it was more beneficial for me to do the course on a part time basis. For the first time in a while in 2010 everything came together, I was starting university, and I had a part time position at a school. I worked and did my degree at the same time. I decided to do my course over 4-6 years. The Open University were so supportive with my disabilities, and helped me with the appropriate equipment I needed in case I had to sit in bed and do my essays. I received book stands, and laptop trays so when I was in bed or hospital I could still study.

My tutor was always supportive and I could e-mail her and even ring her when I needed to. If I needed to extend my deadline dates for essays I could, however, I never did. Though it was tempting to after my first experience with a local nightclub that served very cheap drinks! I learned very quickly why they say not to drink on the medication I am on, but hey, I was young and dumb!

Overall my experience with the Open University was positive.

They supported me all the way through my studies. I finished my studying, and had to leave my job due to my health conditions, as sadly, I was a health and safety concern.

For anyone in need of flexibility, I cannot recommend the Open University enough. Whether it is due to health reasons, work or childcare, they are great at getting you where you need to in a supportive and nurturing way. All it requires is good dedication and time management.

At the moment I am considering going back to the Open University, to do a degree. I am looking into what…

Wasn’t this an amazing story?! Ruth has been a great friend of mine and I am so glad to have her tell her story for this series. 

If you enjoy this series check out Alex’s and Kay’s guest posts! 

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4 thoughts on “Why school or college is not for everyone series: week three staring Ruth.

  1. It’s so nice to see some positivity on alternative education options, it’s barely ever spoken about. I wrote about my choice to not go to university on my blog because I wanted to provide support for people who wanted to make the same decision to me so it’s nice to see more positivity about the open university. My dad who’s currently waiting for a heart transplant is doing a course with them so that he has an alternative job when he has his operation so they’re a really great resource. Great post
    Alex x

  2. This is something I’ve written about in the past, and it’s a really important discussion to have. I wish options like Open University were treated as equal to traditional university, because it’s a perfectly viable option – sometimes even better for some people. Yet, there’s still so much emphasis on going to university straight away, and it’s not healthy. From one Ruth to another: thank you for sharing your story, and thank you for having it on your blog, Anne!

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