Kerryn Price - Theatre Improvement Lead
The only way to describe my learning journey is to use a well-known cliché – a rollercoaster ride!
I started off by attending 2 days at Lancaster University with mixed feels of hope, excitement and trepidation; I cannot remember the last time I was in an education setting – Woolworths was still open and I can remember buying my pens and notebooks – far from the phones, laptops and iPads I used this time! However, I was soon made to feel at ease and had a great (slightly overwhelming) 2 days. I quickly formed new ‘buddy’ groups and got into new routines of balancing fulltime work, family and study.
The first 18 months felt relentless at times (study – write - submit – repeat) as I made my way through the 8 modules. I thoroughly enjoyed these and felt an immense feeling of satisfaction and pride every time I passed one.
I’m happy to share with you that I did fail one module (around Christmas time) however, did not beat myself up about this and gained some rejuvenated spirt to pick myself up and carry on – I had new found determination as did not want fail another! I received tremendous support from my tutor, ‘buddy groups’ and line manager.
When it came to the project things slowed down which was a nice change and it enabled me to really put into practice my learning over the last 18 months. I hadn’t realised how far I had come or how much I had learnt until this point.
My top tips for studying this course are:
- Use your ‘buddy’ groups – they are a constant source of support and inspiration
- Don’t panic & take your time
- Try not to feel overwhelmed and break each module down into manageable pieces of work
- Engage in the on-line forums – again another source of support
- Enjoy it – it is a marvellous opportunity and one that I am truly grateful for