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:
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.
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