I have applied to go back to University. What am I thinking!?

I am actually really looking forward to getting back into the swing on academia and becoming a student once again (not in it for the discounts I promise). Having visited both the open days for the University of Sheffield and Manchester Metropolitan library courses I have decided to apply for both, which I have now done eek! I am pretty much decided on Sheffield because the course overall looks a lot better than the one at MMU. The module choices are way more comprehensive and look a lot more interesting if I am honest. I am happy that they offer an Archives and Records Management module which I would possibly be interested in taking. The module choices at MMU are a bit thin on the ground and the department seems a lot smaller. Many people have recommended Sheffield and the reviews I have read seem to suggest a lot more student satisfaction with the course at Sheffield.

But MMU is so much closer to home. There always has to be a but… why can’t things just be simple? So I either chose a better University offering a better course and travel 4 hours a day (with good module choices that I may not be able to take as it will require me to travel to Sheffield several times a week). Or I chose a course that does not look as good but will make my life easier in terms of working and travelling. I am going to have to work part-time to fund my studies unless I suddenly come into some money so I need to be realistic about how much I can actually do and afford.

There is always the Distance Learning option and I think I will apply for one course at least just in case something goes horribly wrong in September. I do feel a tiny bit stressed thinking about it because I know I am going to have to make the decision very soon. I will report back when/ if I receive some offers. Wish me luck.

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3 thoughts on “I have applied to go back to University. What am I thinking!?

  1. Good luck! I commuted to Sheffield last year, as did a handful of others on the course. It was about two hours door to door for me. Despite the early mornings/late evenings being tough sometimes, I think the quality of the course made it worth it for me. I also worked in Sheffield on the weekends so I was there quite a lot! In the first semester the modules were quite bunched together so I was only in uni a couple of days a week, but in second semester the modules I chose were quite spread out and I was in 3 or 4 days a week, but for less time each day. I used to do work in the library between classes or on the train to cut down the amount I’d have to do when I got home, and that helped. I hope your applications go well, fingers crossed you get all the offers!

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  2. This is really encouraging thank you. In the long run I think it will be worth the effort of travelling a little bit further to study for the better degree. Plus, I can work on the train right? 🙂 Thank you for the luck!.

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  3. Hi Amy, I am sure you will do great no matter where you study, but it would be best to try for the best institution. I had to work throughout study and took the option of a less good course but with less chance for burnout through commuting. My priority was to make it easier to work on my assignments alone, and also to work enough hours to support myself. It depends what kind of student you are too perhaps. I didn’t need to see people more than twice a week so it suited me, but if you are a social student then it won’t effect you if you attend 4 times a week. All the very best luck!

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