When I graduated from Warwick University in 1985, I couldn’t wait to get away from the place.

I don’t think I even returned to the campus until the weekend of my 40th birthday – very nearly 20 years after graduating. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy my time there, but initially I couldn’t wait to get out into the world of work and then, after a bit of the shine of having money for the first time had worn off, I didn’t want to go back because I knew I might want to stay. Even the numerous times throughout the 1990s when I visited Sun Microsystems at their offices on the Science Park I made a point of not going onto campus!

I know how ridiculous that sounds. But what I’m about to tell you is equally ridiculous. Probably more ridiculous if I’m being honest.

Having graduated from the OU in December, I’m still lurking around.

Logging into StudentHome and reading the messages and wincing at the redesign; posting the occasional message in support of a social sciences “cafe” in the OUSA forums; reading people’s blogs; looking at the prospectus and even complaining to the OU that the information about postgraduate courses on one of the Open University’s advertising sites potentially breaks the advertising standards authority code of conduct as it’s misleading – you can’t, of course, currently start new postgraduate studies with them in either psychology or the social sciences(*).

So I need to stop lurking and get on with my application to Leicester University if I’m going to have a chance of studying again later on this year. I’ve already had the good news from my employer that they will part sponsor an MSc in much the same way they helped with my BSc, so I’ve no excuse not to get on with my application.

Now, what was the question on their application form that keeps making me smile? Oh yes:

Outline the changes you would make in your work and/or own time in order to accommodate the demands of a postgraduate distance-learning course

Been there, done that, got the scars.

(*) Update 27/02/2012 – the OU has finally updated their advertising site and have removed all references to social science and psychology masters courses.

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  1. Katie Stanley

    Know exactly what you mean, I’ve found myself lurking too! Glad to hear you got sponsorship. Am about to start my MsC at London monetary sponsorship from work but some time out of the office. Good luck with your application.

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