It would cost me £4855 to get a Ba Hons in Creative Writing. And 3 years of online studies. I am so tempted to enroll. I found it on http://www.oca-uk.com and so far it’s the cheapest one I’ve encountered that offer a degree. Not that I’ve been searching very deeply – barely skimmed the surface I am sure – but right now, my mindset is right, and I’d be more than happy to pay that fee.
So, you might think I’m crazy, you might say that’s such a low sum for a BA Hons, but mind you, where I come from education is free. I spent 5 years at University (nope, no degree, no nothing, but a track record of party pics and numerous files crammed with notes and papers and assignments ( I studied math… oh yeah!)) and the only debt I have is about 3000€ (and that’s because I chose to live above my means, in a private flat (tripled my rent + bills), in stead of student housing (that’s actually pretty good where I come from – don’t know about student housing anywhere else in the world). I paid a nominal fee of about 60-80€ per year to the Student Union at the University so that I could get cheap meals at the student café. That’s about it. I could have a Masters if I had applied myself to it, but I didn’t.
Sometimes I miss my time at Uni. It was hard, but it was also fun… and I was wasting my time big time on a degree I didn’t want anything to do with. It hurts me to confess it, but I’ve realized it’s true. I fancy math, I even like it, it’s cool and I like solving the problems that arise, really make use of my brain. But it’s all for fun, I don’t want to work with math. I’ve tried being math teacher, over a year – the kids (13-15 year olds) are … (rest of the sentence is censured on account I don’t want to hurt people). I’ve even worked for the University. But it took me five years -five years!- to realize I didn’t want a math degree at all, not for my future. It would only hang on my wall so that I could boast about it.
“Look at my degree, I’m so smart I have a degree in Math! What do you have?” *boast boast*
No degree is hanging on my wall. My wall is a clean blank slate (in the worst colour imaginable – Magnolia! *uuuurrrrggggghhhh*)
I want to be creative. I want to paint, draw, tell stories. Use my imagination. And now I’m wondering if those five years would equal 3 years and £4855? It would be about 16-24hrs/week (according to the site) that’s about part-time… and I’m working part-time (okay, who am I kidding, I work more like full time than part time -.-) so there isn’t really a problem there. The problem is more the question if I should do it?
Why am I so afraid to do something I REALLY WANT TO DO? Just because it costs and I would get it for free at home (except I haven’t found any course or degree similar to this one at home). I’m afraid I’ll get disappointed and then the money is just wasted. I’m afraid I won’t make it. AH, Damn you fear, I will kick you in the butt!
*Off to check her bank account status*