I’m enrolled. My first subject (Economy and Society) starts in what Open Universities call Study Period 4, and everyone else calls ‘Summer.’ It’s mid November to end February. So, I will be studying over Xmas – but probably not very hard. Most of the key stuff is in January.
I have about a month to get used to the idea of being a student again. All my previous images will have to be updated. Canvas schoolbag with band names written on it in texta – no. Going to the library and crushing on geeky girls in the next row – no. Standing in line to enrol – no. Getting Austudy and HECS – no. Piles of textbooks with post-it-notes and highlighters – no. Tutor’s teaching me how to use aspostrophe’s – not likely!
My course doesn’t even have a textbook. The materials are all online. The exam is online. The discussion is online. And everyone in it will have degrees already. We’re all grown-ups, in this class.
We’ll have to see how it all goes. If it’s all right, I can try a few more courses. It also remains to be seen if I will be a “Ps get degrees” student, or a distinction-hungry fiend like some other people I know (not mentioning any names). After all, it is just a top-up qualification…
S “Chopper” McKenzie