Hi, I also start AA100 in October. I am excited and nervous all at once.
Like Kate I plan to go on to B39 BA Eng Lang/Lit and go into teaching.
I am in Shropshire if anyone else is around the midlands. I hope to meet some of you in the face-to-face tutoring.
Good luck to all of us! Kate.
I'm not exactly in the shropshire area (although most people think where i am is classed as shropshire! )
I'm on the Mid wales border :-)
Great to read through all these posts, now I don't feel so alone... Starting in October and hoping to go on to complete ba in english lang/lit very excited to get going.
I'm 25, living and working in London. Somehow I have ended up working in accounts, this was never part of the plan ! so i'm hoping this course will help me get on the road to where I want to go.
hello my name's ted clarke,i live in west wales,near cardigan and I'm doin this course the arts past and present.I got my stuff and it all looks really interesting.bit amazed that people are starting on it already,Im not that organized yet.Ha ,this is what I do,feel confident and then suddenly turn into a .shivering wreck.good so here we all are,lets hope it all goes well. Ted
I'm hopefully doing AA100 on the February 2012 start, as I'm just about to embark upon Y180 Making Sense of the Arts next week! Bit nervous but looking forward to it, 33 now and haven't studied since I was 18.
Good luck everyone with your studies and enjoy!! :~)
I'm very new around here. Also just starting AA100 and it all looks a bit daunting but I guess it will become clearer.
Unlike most of you I am retired and thought this may concentrate the mind a bit. Previous profession was very technical and I am hoping humanities will stretch the mind in a different direction.
I live in Buckinghamshire..
Any advice on where to start will be welcome.
My instinct is to take the assigments at face value and get on with them.
However looking at the books that arrived recently there seems to be a lot of reading not addressed by the assigments. I guess I should work through the chapers on Cleopatra and Cezanne before attempting the first assignment. Would the more expereinced around here agree ?
Hope to speak with you all as we get into this.
Hello everyone, I'm also joining you all to start the course this October, my goal is a BA Open Degree by the time I am 60 (keeping quiet how many years I have to acheive my goal! ) I am currently working through an excellent Openings course - Learning To Change, which is my first OU module. I'm still building my confidence and I really want to make the most of being a part of all the OU can offer.
I felt rather daunted when I opened up the box of course work and books, and yet the positive side of me can't wait to start. I'm based in Northamptonshire and I wish everyone far and wide best wishes with the challenge ahead :)
Hi - I felt the same when I started reading through the course materials but now I can't wait to get going. My goal is a BA degree before I'm 50, and am also based in Northamptonshire. Good luck and look forward to keeping up with you throughout the course!
It's great to hear another person is in Northamptonshire like myself. Good luck and best wishes.
Great goals Eileen and Estelle - go for it!
Robyn Bateman (member of the Platform team)
My name is Natalie, I'm 21 and live on the Isle of Wight :)
I decided not to go to Uni when all my friends did as I didn't want to leave home straight away, and took the seemingly sensible option of getting a job straight out of school. Three years later because of a very unpredictable job market I work in a Gift Shop (for the tourist season) and after being very indecisive for months, pressed the sign up button for October.
I am, like all of you, very nervous but very excited about starting the course. My books have arrived, I've bought all my Set Books too, and I am starting to look at the Assignments book with a mixture of confusion and anticipation. I used to love writing essays and have notions of being a Writer or Journalist one day, and hope this is the first step towards fulfilling that dream.
Look forward to working along with you all!
My name is Luke and i am 23 yrs old from Plymouth
This is my first OU course and i am very excited to get started, i was a bit naive about how much reading is required and a bit daunted when i recieved the course materials but looking forward to it.
Good luck everyone
I am hoping to fit in a couple of hours study time each evening before I pass out as I have two young children. At study groups I'll be the one that looks like a zombie.
Surprisingly, considering I have a soft spot for Shakespeare, I had never heard of Marlowe before but I'm becoming a bit of a groupie. He seems like a Renaissance rock star.
Like most of you I'm feeling nervous, excited and also a bit thick actually but I am sure we will all be fine.
Hi folks, fellow AA100 noobie starting october also. I've just ripped open the box of OU goodies and dived into Cleopatra. I'm hooked already and looking forward to the subject forums opening so I can start discussing this stuff. Bouncing ideas off each other should be stimulating and fun.
I'm also starting AA100 in October. So far so good, I've been looking at cleopatra to get a bit of a head start. Tried to read Dr Faustus. Only got to page 2 and gave up. Have booked up to go to see it at the Globe in september to see if it helpsme make more sense of it.
Anyone else in the Essex area?
I'm in North East London. Signed up a short while ago and got the box of goodies. What a shock. Newbie to OU. Booked at Globe for Faust. Thought it might help. Getting through Cleo' and steadying myself for first assignment - gulp.
I'm starting AA100 in October.
Ready for my adventure of doing my degree in History. I'm 43 and for the past 20 years, i'm Firefighter and currently in Amsterdam-Holland. I think, i'm one of the oldie's here and it is for me a new challenge and achievement. I hope to get my degree and go on for my Masters...but that is all for later. I see this as a personall goal for things i did not do, when i was young.
Best of luck to you all and hope to stay in contact.
You're not that much older than me. I'll be 43 in February. Late career change for me. Better late than never.
For me it is not an career, but more to do university, that i did not do when i was young...made some bad msitakes, and now i made the right choice. Good luck to you.
don't know about anyone else on the AA100 course but I consider myself to be fairly computer literate yet having gone through "the box" and read the study guide I reckon the hardest part of the course is understanding and navigating the website, anyone agree? ps. there is a fairly obscure film called Mephisto released in about 1981 directed by Istvan Szabo and starring Klaus Maria Brandauer it won the best foreign language film oscar, and as I remember it is a really good re-telling of the Dr. Faustus story but set in Nazi Germany. I do not know if it is available on dvd or the net but it would be a good gentle introduction for anyone that does not know faustus. It will not I think help so much with "renaissance drama" but may help generate interest in the subject matter.
look forward to your comments, Bernie
Hi. Kim here from Cheltenham. Well, I am an old bag who has done 3 short courses with the OU and thoroughly enjoyed them. I opened up the box of goodies that came for this course and was horrified by what I have started. After a large G and T I am now looking forward to starting.
Hi Everone its Andrea from York again.
Just thought I'd tell you that if you have sky tv there are some programmes about Cleopatra due to come on beginning of next week. If you go into your tv guide and search button and type cle, 3 programmes will be shown then you can put them into your planner.
Good luck with course everyone
P.S Is there anyone else from the York area? North of York even better!
Hi Andrea and everybody.
Thanks for the advise regarding Cleopatra on Sky. I live in Scarborough at the moment so not far from you at all! would be nice to meet up with like minded people on this course face to face.
Goodluck everybody! and hope to meet some of you soon!
Iwas searching through the OU website and found an electronic version of Book 1/Dr. Faustus which I thought would be handy for those students on the move.
I've dipped my toe into the study companion along with the first handbook dealing with Reputations (Cleopatra). Not tackled the DVD yet though. I need to really get a handle on the comparison stuff - and I'm intrigued on how we'll deal with 20th century movie 'spin' vs Plutarch's own accounts of the doughty and doubtfully seductive queen. Should be an interesting voyage of discovery. If only I can put down my conclusions in a coherent manner for my first assignment. That is the question
I'm Ian, 41 years old and based in London. I've been a stay at home dad for 3 years and got back to a new job last year. The little one starts full time school in mid Sept. I've 'ummed' and 'ahhed' about OU for a while but want to go for it. I recently joined. I've got a first degree but was not happy with it from the start but felt compelled to finish it. That was years ago. I want to give this time a real go with topic/s I hopefully will really enjoy. I'm doing an Open Degree but may change later to History (BA). I've just got my resources etc and ploughed through Cleopatra. I want to do a draft for the first assignment. Why are so many focussing on Dr Faustus?? By the way the Globe Theatre have performances up to end of September. I've just booked and recommend you get in fast as tickets are going.
Anyone doing the Feb 2012 presentation? Kerry Smith has started a group for anyone interested: http://www8.open.ac.uk/platform/groups/a100-starting-in-february
Sorry the group I made for people starting the AA100 in February 2012 is http://www8.open.ac.uk/platform/groups/aa100-starting-in-february :)
Hello all and greetings from a rainy North Yorkshire. I am hoping to start AA100 in October but still have not heard if I have been given a financial award.I am getting a bit concerned as closing date for me enrolling on course is 8th September I have emailed financial support and OU but I guess they have loads of queries right now. I am working as a volunteer TA and Learning support practitioner. I want to complete a BA Hons with Religious Studies and History. I am also studying the Introduction to the Autistic Spectrum with the OU. Good luck to all and inchallah some of us will meet up and discuss the course.
I'm starting in October too. My 70th birthday is this Friday and I'm looking forward to exercising my few remaining brain cells! I live in Shipley, West Yorkshire and would welcome contact from anyone on the course who is fairly local.
I've had a good look at the course material and assignments. I'm going to struggle with the question on Cezanne - I just don't like the landscape we have to comment on! And some of the terms used in the formal analysis are pretty obscure to me!
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