All posts tagged: university

Thinking About Studying at The Open University?

I never thought I would be 16 and out of education, but I was and I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do. Luckily, my Dad had an idea and within 2 days he had preliminary enrolled me at The Open University. Due to my age paperwork was sent out for my family and I to sign and within a few short weeks I turned 17.  It was May 2012, I had no A-Levels and yet I was about to begin a BA (Hons) Business degree. As I recall, I was extremely excited, despite not having a clue. The OU is fantastic if you change your mind. After my first year studying Business, I found myself wanting to study English. I put in a request, filled out more paper work and my degree was changed to BA (Hons) Open Degree, which enabled my year of Business to still count towards my qualification. This choice gave me the ability to pick and choose any module from their offering; from beginners French to intermediate Health …

The Cosmopolitan Self Made Summit and Leaving My Comfort Zone

For the past 5 years, you would’ve found me slouched at my desk with uni books sprawled across the floor, as I endeavoured to study for my English Open University degree… Studying from home in my pyjamas has been my comfort zone for so many years that recently, I’ve began thinking about my next steps and posing questions like, where am I going to live? How am I going to manage? and, will anyone actually hire me? With all that came the ultimate panic most soon-to-be-graduates feel when they arrive at the last few weeks of education and start to contemplate leaving the assured zone of comfort. My impending freedom almost feels too daunting to celebrate as the overwhelming panic of essay stress is beginning to evolve into the anxiety of actually building a life. This is when I found myself on Eventbrite, investing in my future by paying £50 for a ticket to attend the Cosmopolitan Self Made Summit, which described itself as ‘the event that will change your life.’ I attended the Summit last month …

EKD Turns Three

As I fumble through BlogSpot haphazardly trying to understand how to insert a picture, I can’t help but wonder who will actually read this website. Skimming through my camera roll, I search for a photo to head the post and end up going for a cliché picture I took whilst in Starbucks two mornings previous. I remember the buzz of anticipation I felt when I sent that first post live; it was poorly written and the accompanying image was poorly lit, but I had started EKD and that is when I experienced the thrill of creating and publishing my writing for the very first time. That was May 10th 2014. As EKD turns one year older, I got thinking about the last 3 and how emilykatedale.com has progressed. My namesake site is something I am truly proud of, I put my all into each and every post… My September Issue articles are the most challenging to compose, ‘Investing in Fashion?’ is my favourite to read and surprisingly, my most viewed post of all time and one that still …

Who Likes Change Anyway?

When I consider the prospect of change, my abrupt reaction has always been, “oh no! I don’t like change!” However, the past year has been filled with change – the majority of which has been pretty wonderful… This got me thinking about the changes which are coming in the upcoming months and after dwelling far too deeply, I found myself tearful on platform 3 of Piccadilly train station. Lovely… Basically, my best friend is relocating to live her Italian dream – I couldn’t be happier for you bella! But life won’t be the same without you. I also finish my degree in 4 months’ time. My five-year endeavor is coming to an end, thank goodness. However, will I relish in the accomplishment? Or crumble trying to hustle and see first hand if one really can have it all? Oh and my sister is getting married! The most anticipated event in the family calendar to date is rapidly approaching – Soon, my sister will no longer be a Miss E Dale. I guess the advantage of having your best friend located …