Thursday, 21 March 2013

Day Zero Project: Complete My Degree

I'm really pleased to say that I'm well on the way to completing my degree. When I made my Day Zero Project list at the beginning of January 2012 I was in the middle of my fourth OU course. Now I'm onto my fifth and come October this year I'll be starting my final course. It's quite scary when you think about it.

I'm doing pretty well so far with this course so far. I'm averaging fairly good grades and I definitely feel like I'm learning new things.

During the course so far I've changed my mind about studying history (with a focus on medicine and technology) and switched over to English Language and Literature. Settling on that as my degree was like coming home, I suddenly realised that this was what I wanted to do. I particularly fell in love with the Linguistic strand which I finished last year.

I was particularly pleased with my results during U211, the second level Linguistics module:

Technically this is my second degree. I already have one in Primary School Education (the result of feeling totally let down by my university on my final Primary School placement when training to be a primary school teacher), I don't tend to think of that as a proper degree any more. I think I'll feel a lot more proud of myself for completing this one because I'll have done it while holding down a full-time job as well as surviving all the other stuff life has thrown at me.

The good thing about the OU as well, I know that if things get too much and I don't think I can do the next course right away, I can take a little break and come back to it after a year. Not that I'm planning on doing that, but I've got so much more flexibility. And I'm really enjoying it now.

I've already started planning the next couple of courses I'm thinking I might try. I'm really keen to try Latin, I'm tempted by the third level Creative Writing, as well as a couple of other language ones. Then again, they're bringing out new courses all the time, perhaps by the time I finish next year there might be some new ones which appeal to me. I'm sure I'll post about my progress on here.


  1. That's really awesome. I can't imagine trying to learn Latin.

    I look forward to hearing about it.

    1. I'm really looking forward to it. I think it'll be really interesting. When I was studying linguistics I learned that modern English was influenced by Old Germanic, French and Latin. I studied German and French at school so now it feels like I should complete the set. ;-)


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