My bags are packed, I’m ready to go.

500 word book review… check!

2000 word short story… check!

2 references from professional organisations… check!

Finally completed my application to study the MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).  If successful, the eternal student in me will be getting out of the box again in early September.  Unfortunately, as I have a family and a full time job, I’ll be utilising distance learning so the eternal student will only be packing his virtual bags. It doesn’t bother me too much though having passed my previous degrees in a similar manner, as well as the Future Learn course that I’m currently doing.

However, this time just feels different.  I’m not sure if it’s because the MA is specific to Creative Writing and will focus on areas that I’m really excited to understand, or whether it’s because it’s a different university (all my previous qualifications were from The Open University).

The application process is certainly different; there was no need for reviews / references with my previous university (although I think that is because they focus more on the mature-student) and then, of course, there is the money.  I was fortunate(?) to have passed one degree when the UK fees were still quite cheap, and was in the middle of another when the fees increased sharply.  The Open University honoured the lower fees so I’ve been quite lucky, especially when the post-graduate fees haven’t increased so they are still (somewhat) affordable.

I do know this is going to be my first real venture on the path to becoming a writer and, to some extent, a lecturer. This is my first career gamble; I spent years building a career in IT and Computing, only to find myself in a role where I sit on the sand watching the tide of technologies come and go without ever getting my feet wet. I liken it to working in a library but being told you can never open the books.

I’ve played it quite safe so far with fairly generic degrees (IT & Computing, English Literature & Language) so this will be my first specialised step toward a goal and that is what I think is causing the butterflies in my stomach.

“Go to where you do not know what you do not know. That is where you will find all your opportunities.” (Jeffrey Fry)

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