• 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…

  • 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…