Last night I started my university degree. It was a very strange feeling to be honest.
I had all the nerves and jitters of someone walking into a university classroom for the first time, except the classroom was my sofa and a coffee table and I was the only student.
I spent the first hour browsing through all the material I had received and familiarising myself with what would be expected. A study plan was drawn up and I was as organised as I could be. But then, you open the learning companion……
I don’t care who you are, if you have been out of education for a long time, opening up any text book is a daunting experience. My heart was pounding for at least the first half an hour and I was convincing myself that this was all a horrible mistake, that there was no way I could do this.
The good thing about an Open University course though is that everything is planned out for you. What to study, how many recommended hours, what you should be doing each week, advice, it’s all there.
I re-read through all the introductory information to calm myself down and then when going back to the text, I realised that it wasn’t as complicated as first thought, the questions weren’t unanswerable and it was simply me working myself up into a lather.
After going through the notes I had taken and then typing them up (my handwriting isn’t the best) I realised that once I had calmed down and looked at the text again, my thoughts and ideas were following much more freely.
I have started my course two weeks early as I wanted to give myself some breathing space and also allow for a contingency in case of illness etc.
I wanted to do this post for anyone who hasn’t yet had the “first day nerves” and tell you that yes, you will be nervous, yes you may panic a little a first (if you are like me) but keep calm, BREATH, re-read and take your time.
We are starting on an exciting journey, let’s not forget that. It is a day to be marked and remembered, the day your life began to change.