Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Open University Degree - Done.

I have officially finished my Open University course. All I have to do now is wait until July or August to find out what class of Degree I have managed to get. I can't quite believe I've finished!!! I sat in the sunshine this afternoon reading The Hunger Games, with no intention of writing an essay or analysing the themes within and felt positively odd! It's been three years since I started the course and in all that time there has always been something hanging over my head ... the next essay, the next set of books to read ...

Now its over and I can relax. I know I have definitely passed, its just a case of finding out how well I have done. The course work on this last module - Children's Literature EA300 - has been very enjoyable and I have gained an average mark of just over 90%. I feel a bit embarrassed to put that out there and maybe I shouldn't ... but actually I am proud of achieving such a good score. I didn't even know such grades were possible!! In some ways I am wondering if I will be found out and my average is just a mistake!!

I have a page just above on the tabs at the top of my blog which is all about the OU and my progress. There is a link to all my posts, in reverse order, from the beginning when I was afraid doing this course would be impossible, to now when I have finished. You can read about the ups and downs, the highs and lows ...

And today I have had my blog featured in the Open University student online magazine as Blog of the Month. How cool is that??? I am so chuffed and I really hope that people enjoy reading my blog posts!! I hadn't been on here for a few days and when I looked at my stats they had gone through the roof, so the link must be working!!!

Anyway, if you are reading this because you are an OU student, then welcome. I hope you like my writing. And you might find my OU posts interesting because actually, although this year has been great, my Open University career has been far from easy. I have opened each pack of shiny new materials with trepidation mixed with excitement and I can honestly say that I have viewed the essay titles with emotion verging on terror!! I have always wondered how on earth I will ever write anything as I have rarely understood a word of the titles!!

Thank goodness for some marvellous tutors and a very understanding husband!! I can't quite believe I will never write another essay ... Now all I need is a fab job!!!

13 comments:

Razmataz said...

Very few people toot the horns of others...so shout it from the rooftops...congratulations on a very major accomplishment.

Inkling said...

Amazing accomplishment! Wow! Is it okay to say I'm proud of you?! Way to go! I hope you celebrate with those who love you most! xoxo

Peter Pan said...

Very well done! I'm doing E301 and I have to say the material and tutors are all first call. I am also doing Oceanography. I have having a bit of a struggle with it but it may be easier once I have the Linguistics module out of the way.
I wasnt to do some sort of teaching/tutoring as well whrn I finish.
Best wishes,
Zephyr
http://www.bright-work.co.uk

Peter Pan said...

Very well done! I'm doing E301 and I have to say the material and tutors are all first class. I am also doing Oceanography (S330). I am having a bit of a struggle with it but it may be easier once I have the Linguistics module out of the way.
I want to do some sort of teaching/tutoring as well when I finish.
Best wishes,
Zephyr
http://www.bright-work.co.uk

bjj said...

Congratulations Sarah! So pleased to hear that you have completed your course. I did OU a few years ago having been thrown out of Uni when I was 19 for failing my secnd year exams. Finally graduated with a 2.1 when I was 42!

Having just stumbled upon your blog I am looking forward to reading your other OU Posts.

Well done - great achievment

Kat said...

Well done Sarah!! That's fantastic news. I am doing a corespondence course but won't tell you how long for. I admire your determination, motivation and persistence. I hope you get the high mark you deserve xx

sarah at secret housewife said...

Thank you so much everybody!! Its a lovely feeling to have finished at last!! Well done to all the other OU students out there who have also finished! Sarah x

whitespace said...

Well done my virtual friend. I remember when you were debating whether to do the course so it has been really cool to be with you every step of the way - the highs and lows (not too many of them though!) I'm really chuffed for you. x

Jan said...

Congratulations on finishing, it's a great achievement - Good luck with the job hunt too!

Sarah at secret housewife said...

I am getting used to being able to sit back and relax without feeling guilty. I am so glad I did this!! Thank you again for your lovely comments!
Sarah xxx

Nicki said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you!! And congrats on "the blog of the month" recognition!!!! Way cool!!!!

Nicki said...

I nominated you for "The Lovely Blog Award." Go to http://thenlistblog.com/2012/06/11/and-id-like-to-thank/ to find out what to do next (if you are into this sort of thing). =)

Jen said...

Congratulations on making it through! I'm a mature student studying part-time at a traditional university, and I always have so much respect for those who can stick to the OU model - I don't know if I could keep up the motivation if I didn't have the incentive of actually seeing my lecturer and classmates every week!

Are you continuing on to further study now?