It’s Never Too Late to Learn!

3rd February 2017

It’s Never Too Late to Learn!

It all happened by accident. I was sat in the reception area of North Kent College, waiting to meet someone, when my eyes were drawn to a purple leaflet sat innocuously on the table. “Professional Writing Course” it said. I picked up the leaflet and read through it. The idea of going back to some sort of education had always played on my mind. I was working full time, in a job I hated. I would tell myself, Well, at least it pays the bills or the thing is, there is job security here, I’d be mad to leave. Something about that leaflet spoke to me. Not only was it aimed at students, but mature students. People like me.

Up until that point, I was a 26-year-old working in a job that offered me a future I didn’t want. I got up, went to work, had dinner, went to bed. That was it. I wanted so much more from life but couldn’t figure out how to get it. I had tried and failed at many different routes over the years. Distance learning was always a struggle when you have been out of education for over ten years. I had considered other courses further afield that wanted 5 days a week from me, and I knew I couldn’t commit myself to that. I just couldn’t see a way out of it. I had no idea that in the next town over, was a Foundation Degree course, for mature students, just waiting for me.

Maybe it was a moment of madness, maybe it was a moment of clarity. I don’t know what made me pick up that leaflet but I am so incredibly glad I did.

I made a few enquiries and soon met with the teachers of the course. I was absolutely petrified. I came so close to cancelling altogether. There were times when I would doubt myself of course. What on earth are you playing at Alice? You can’t go to College! You have responsibilities! That little voice in the back of your head can be very convincing at times, can’t it? Nevertheless, I pushed myself and went along to the meeting. I left there feeling incredibly excited about my new future, and as soon as I got home, I signed up for the course.

When September rolled around, that little voice came back. Alice, what if you can’t keep up with your class mates? What if the work is too much? What if what if what if… I soon realised that this was an amazing opportunity for me. I had nothing to lose. So why not? I have been a student for the last 4 and a half months, and it was the best decision I have ever made. I have been filled with a confidence that I had no idea I possessed. I am pushing myself to learn new things. I work with a group of likeminded people that all have their own reasons for coming; whether they are a full time mum or a student fresh out of school.

The thing is, I’m not sure where this course is going to take me, and do you know what? That’s OK. Right now, I am sat at home, slippers on and a cup of tea on the table, and the world seems full of possibilities.


Alice Wren, aged 27, Professional Writing Foundation Degree student 2016-2018

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