Who would have thought a year ago that tonight I would be putting the finishing touches to my last essay of my Open University course? I ummed and aahed a lot about enrolling, but finally took the plunge. I remember when my course books and so on arrived I looked at the first essay title and nearly fainted. I didn't dare look further as the seven assignments just looked too daunting. And now its nearly over...
Of course I still have an exam to complete, but at the moment I am ok about that. Its a long time since I did an exam ( probably 25 years ) but I think I will be ok - really no point getting too nervous... It will be so lovely to be able to relax for the summer and look forward to my next course. I plan on studying 'The Nineteenth Century Novel' next year and have already started reading the course books.
I have learnt so much over this year - not least of which is that I cannot be brilliant at everything and that I just have to do my best and get on with it!! Essays get done and often work which I have considered frustrating and not good enough has turned out to give me high scores!! Somehow my grades have been consistently good which is a little worrying sometimes as I am not sure how that happens!! The best way to describe writing an assignment is that its like threading a piece of cotton through a long narrow tube. It seems impossible, but eventually one idea leads to another and the whole thing emerges the other side of the tunnel in a bright flash of light.
I am tired tonight and not sure about this last essay - but it is the last one and I cannot do much more. I will re-read it tomorrow afternoon, make any alterations and send it off with my fingers crossed for a good result!
What I will say is that if you are considering an Open University course - I highly recommend taking the plunge!