• Mental Health,  Student Life

    The Quest For The Magic Shield – Or How I’m Struggling To Find Support As A Student

    I feel like I’m in one of those adventure games where I can see the special item I need – let’s say it’s a shield – and there is a path across the foggy woods to where the shield is. It should be easy to pass, but every time I try, there’s goblins jumping out in front of me, shouting the most hurtful things. They have friendly faces and they’re supposed to be helping me, but due to some weird glitch in the game, they’re hindering my path. Sometimes they throw rocks at me, but the rocks don’t do any physical harm. They just upset me. The goblins make me…

  • Student Life,  Writing

    This Week’s Creative Writing Coursework – Complex Characters

    This week, I’ve been studying the chapter of my creative writing coursework that covers characterisation. This is something that I’ve always struggled with and I admire any writer who is able to create characters who jump out of the page. Despite receiving praise for the characters I’ve created, such as Leger, the cat detective and Kevin, the swan, I still feel a bit baffled by it all. Even Jamie, the jam donut who falls in love with a chocolate eclair seemed to be taken to people’s hearts. I just don’t know how I did it, so this chapter is giving me an insight into what it was about those characters…

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    Student Life,  Writing

    Creative Writing From My Coursework

    As some of you may know, I’ve been studying for a bachelor’s degree in Arts & Humanities. This year, I’m working on creative writing. As part of that I have to do a lot of writing and some of it is more fun than others. I decided to share some of the writing exercises I’ve been doing here on the blog. What follows is a piece I wrote this week which was supposed to be about a memory of mine. The task asks me to include sensory perceptions to put the reader right into the scene. Here goes… I have to apologise for the fuzzy photo below. My old Blackberry…

  • Mental Health,  Student Life

    How To Survive Your First Year As A Mature Student

    This week I received some good news. I passed my first year of university! It’s been full of ups and downs. Well, mostly downs if I’m honest. I’m just glad that the first year is over. I’m not allowed to share my exact mark but I was one point away from getting a distinction. Maybe next year I’ll get one. I enrolled with the Open University last June for numerous reasons. Firstly, I wanted to learn. That’s a pretty good place to start, right? Secondly, I wanted to meet new people and I certainly have. I’m not sure I’ve formed any meaningful connections but studying has definitely thrown me into…