My ongoing OU journey... from start ... to somewhere new and interesting
Landmark Moments Part 1
I did it!! Finally the elusive Distinction is mine. Results of TM129 came out today. So I was happily celebrating this piece of news with myself when I realised something else...cue Landmark Moment Part 2!!
How to organise the tumble of my thoughts around graduation then?
I think this picture says it best - happy, happy, happy!
Made the ever-familiar metro journey with hubby and child by my side this time, then abandoned them so they could do a bit of shopping in Newcastle, whilst I did the official bits of registering my attendance and getting dressed officially in the academic robes. Mortarboards (or motor boats as my BFF calls them) are not permitted for the ceremony, they can be hired at extreme prices if you're so inclined for photos though. (I was not so inclined..). Had my first couple of 'moments' in this bit of time - firstly at catching sight of other graduates in gowns outside the Sage (our venue for the day), and then standing in the queue for my gown fitting. I've said it a few times through this journey, but occasionally it all feels a bit surreal, like it happened to someone else. As distance learning students, often the graduation ceremony is one of …
Wow - for some reason I am completely wiped out lately! No particular reasoning behind it, that just appears to be the way of things.
I'd like to blame the quilt, or the weather, or the child, but none of these things are really to blame. I just feel washed out for no reason at all.
Waiting for the final course results is of course not helping, it's like a 'side order' of stress while hoping for the best! And of course, it being the last module, I need to pass it in order to finish off the degree. So I will admit to a small amount of trepidation - I don't think I have done badly enough to fail, but I will still worry till the results are here and gone.
And then I can start to book graduation numbers etc. Eeek!!
Cue the A-Team music and start recording the montage.
Erm well...not quite.
But finally, I have begun the part of my OU journey that appears to have caused me the most trouble, or at least certainly had as many false starts as any of my modules along the way.
What gave me this much stress? Deciding upon a plan for my graduation quilt, mentioned in a previous post.
Now, I knew only for certain that there should be frogs... As my reader will know, frogs are where the whole Object Oriented Programming world began for me. So they hold a special place in my heart when thinking of the journey as a whole. But how to incorporate the frogs, and what else alongside them? How to make it significant and meaningful without being twee? How to not make it into just a frog quilt, but something that told more of the tale?
I looked at frog panels, hmm too froggy. I looked at frog pictures to quilt as outlines...either too childish or too complex. Nothing was quite right.
Then, finally, after f…