“I was a bit of a daydreamer at school and didn’t find it that engaging,” says Mike Socha, who is studying his first OU module, “After leaving school I ended up doing two years on college courses that I had been pushed into doing yet had no real interest in.
Finally after getting married and having kids, my brain started to reconnect. When I was given the opportunity to take over my boss’ business, I jumped at the chance. However, after three years the recession hit, the business collapsed and I was left bankrupt.
The last two years have been extremely difficult, but with the support of my family I was able to get through the bankruptcy. I’d been told about how good The Open University was, and after all the problems I’ve had it really was amazing to receive such positive help.”
Mike is now working towards a BA in Philosophy & Psychological Studies. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supports the OU. Getting help with course fees, books and a computer really has made such a difference to my life. – I just hope I can get through the next few years to the best of my abilities and do you all proud.”