I watched Educating Rita recently. I had forgotten how funny it is. Rita is an Open University student (I spent many fond years studying with the OU – dashing down the road to the post office to make deadlines). Most of the film is set on the campus of TCD – a truly beautiful campus.
Rita feels trapped by her life and feels that there most be more. She has a strong desire to learn and challenge herself but her friends and family struggle to understand this desire. She persists with her quest and finds true happiness.
Adult education at third level is hard. Life becomes a constant juggling act between personal, family, social and financial commitments. Is it worth it? Absolutely!
Year 1 of my MSc programme was my most grueling academic challenge to date. I came out the other end, I am still alive and still smiling and I intend to do it all again in September. In the grand scheme of things, it is only 8 months out of my life with a lifelong reward.