I'm too old for this.

I start University in October. I blame this entirely on Alyson who encouraged me by going to University herself and basically being a thoroughly amazing and inspiring woman. She writes a blog which you should read if you get a chance (Alyson's Blog).


So, I digress. I am going to start University full time in October at the ripe old age of 29. I am studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Quite frankly, I am petrified. The vast majority of students will be a decade younger than me. What if I don't fit in/wear the right clothes/have anything in common with them?


I left school at 16 with 9 GCSE's, moved to London and got a job. At the time, this didn't scare me in the slightest. I had the bolshy, self-confident, know-it-all attitude that so many young people have. I knew what I wanted (to work for BBC Sport) and I worked incredibly hard until I got to do it. 


Since I was 18, I have been studying, starting with A-levels, then moving onto certificates and diplomas through the Open University. All of my studying has been done part time whilst working and, latterly, whilst working, looking after an eighteen month old and being pregnant. I discovered, once I left school, that I quite like learning. I fear I may have taken it a step too far though with this going to University malarkey. It was a case of 'if I don't do it now, I will never do it' as I couldn't begin to think about having to pay back £9,000 a year in tuition fees.



I have pretty much always done the unexpected. It was definitely expected that I would do A-levels and go to University (at the correct age). I also shocked by getting engaged at 18, married at 21 (and meeting my husband in my first job aged 17). It is a big thing though. I have worked for the past 13 years of my life and all of a sudden, I'm giving it up and becoming a student.


I do feel slightly sick when I think about it. The excitement will kick in at some point I'm sure. It will, won't it?

3 comments

  1. haha brilliant - thanks chick - yes blame me entirely - happy to take that one on the chin!

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  2. I don't see how it has anything to do with me. This way it's your fault when it goes wrong!

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  3. I went back at 26 and was the only mature one in a group of about 100. Luckily I didn't look too much older so only my tutor group were aware of it. I think I was a better student for it, as I appreciated the learning more, and wasn't hung up on getting the best marks to get a better job. I just got on with it, did what I enjoyed (rather than what looked better on my CV), and got the best degree in the year group! Yay, go me! University is still one of the best things I ever did. All the best, I'm sure you'll do just fine.

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