I’m 36 and about to become a student. Again. I already have one degree (MA). So why on earth am I embarking on another at this stage of my life?
What I really want is to set myself up as a Pet Behaviour Counsellor. I already do this kind of work as a Volunteer for the local Branch of Cats Protection but I’m not qualified to really offer a service to the general public. I’m good at what I do – I love thinking myself into a furry little head and making its world a happier place – but I want to be better. And what I really want is to be qualified to take referrals from vets. That means I need an MSc in Pet Behaviour Counselling.
But that’s not what I’m studying this year. You see, to get into the MSc programme, one needs a BSc (any subject). And I have an MA. Which is not the same thing. So I’m going to be spending the next few years working my way through a BSc (Hons) Social Sciences with Psychology at The Open University. And I’m starting with ‘DD101‘ in October.
My books started to arrive this morning. I have my daily schedule all worked out. And I’m going to make a start on Monday. It’s exciting and scarey and interesting and confusing and … phew! But I’m looking forward to it. I wasted my University experience last time. Yes, I got a degree (by good luck rather than good management) but I was part of the ‘wrong’ crowd and did a lot of things that didn’t involve studying and which I wouldn’t recommend to anyone now I’m a grown-up. So this is a second chance and I’m determined not to waste it.