Does anyone else have the same problem as I do? Does anyone else just want to study EVERYTHING!! When I was in school I always wanted to be a vet but I was rubbish at science so I quashed that idea fairly early on. Midway through high school I decided that philosophy was my kind of subject and said that if I ever went to uni I’d study that. So I did. My second and third OU modules were philosophy ones and I teamed them with social science modules as it seemed a logical thing to do and a fairly logical transition.
But the trouble is, much as I like philosophy and social science, there are too many other subjects I’m ALSO interested in. I’d really like to study astronomy and anthropology and psychology and English language and... well, the list goes on as I’m sure you can imagine.
The OU has been great for letting me indulge in whatever takes my fancy and the Open Learn snippets are just so superb for giving you a taste of other subjects but it’s still just not enough for me. I’m barely a couple of months into my masters degree and I’ve already been looking on the university website thinking to myself that I maybe should’ve taken such-and-such other MA course instead; the trouble is I’ve seen a good half dozen other ones which I think I would’ve liked too.
I’m just so horrendously fickle. My attention span is pathetic and I want a piece of everything going which is why, I suspect, I get myself so involved in other things too, to try and keep my interest in more than one thing at once. Although it has to be said, I do really enjoy writing and have made a vaguely serious effort to start thinking about starting to plan the first efforts at writing a book (note how many levels there are to my planning process... That’s about how ‘vaguely serious’ it is).
I’ve tried to turn my OU studying into more of a ‘hobby’ now that I’ve finished my BSc but with fees going up I’m not sure how plausible that will be in the future. Maybe when my MA is finished I can find a way to continue on and maybe convert my BSc Open into a named degree (although that in itself will be a challenge picking what to convert it to!).
I’m sure I’m not the only person interested in more than one subject though. How did you all decide on your final area? Was it something to do with your job or future career or was it for purely pleasurable reasons? Please put my mind at rest and reassure me that I’m not the only fickle multi-interested student out there!