I've just finished a Humanities degree, done via distance learning with the Open University. At the start, I didn't know if I could cope - I've battled mental health problems since I was a teenager and didn't even complete my A Levels. Completing each module has been an achievement in itself and the confidence I've gained has been life-changing. No-one else in my family has done a degree before and the support has been amazing. Each time course materials arrived, I ended up having a little opening ceremony for my Dad, my sister or whoever else was there at the time so they could see my books and get an idea of what I've been studying.
The most enjoyable have been the Latin and Classical Greek modules - I love learning languages and especially like looking at historical languages to see how they evolved into some of the modern ones we use today. My tutors for the various modules have also been really supportive and encouraging, as have the members of the module groups on Facebook. At secondary school and sixth form college, I was bullied horrendously, which was part of why I dropped out. I felt like a total misfit. Coming back into education as an adult has been so much better, being able to go to tutorials with people of all ages and backgrounds, knowing that there would be no bullying this time round... I have been able to rediscover why I love learning and that, to me, is priceless.
I'm now getting ready to start a Creative Writing course in October and I'm really excited.