This is an archive posting, first posted in late 2017/early 2018, but bought to you fresh and fine, once again in November 2020. Enjoy 🙂

Dec 22, 2017

Coming 2018…

I am incredibly excited to be able to say that I will be starting a degree with The Open University in February 2018. I will be studying BA(Hons) Environmental Studies and it will take me about 4 years to complete (hopefully!) – which is a big commitment, but I am really excited as to where this might take me!

It’s never too late to start again, or to go after something new. Live your life for you and do what makes you happy. I am nearly 26 and I feel as though my real life is just beginning to unfold!

I don’t know where I read it, I feel like it may have been PostSecret at some point but this quote hangs on my wall and when I feel scared or I doubt the decisions I am making I just read it and I remember all that I have achieved up until this point:

“If you’re waiting for a sign, this is it. Change your life. Do the hard, scary thing – and as the weight of what kept you down is lifted, raise your eyes up and remember that you’re still a part of this living, breathing, beautiful world.”

I hope that maybe it inspires some of you guys to take the steps you need to be happier like I did. 🙂

I can’t wait to begin this step in my journey, I will be documenting what it is like to be working, studying, living and loving all at once so you can all see the reality of the OU.

Go forth and be wonderful,

Peace out, SWBC x

Check out this link to view my course and see if any of the other tickle your fancy!

Jan 12, 2018

The OU – First Steps

So here we go – a couple of weeks away from the start of my degree and how do I feel?




Good. I feel good. I feel like I have made the correct choice for me and that I am on a better path for myself. It’s a nice, albeit unfamiliar, feeling!

So what is the first step? I registered for the course and applied for student funding before Christmas so now I am waiting for my course materials to arrive so I can get stuck in. I have chosen to do the first 2 modules – equivalent to the first year of university – part-time. Which means they will take 2 years to complete instead of one. Although this will lengthen my timeline to getting a degree, I think at 26 it’s important that I ease myself back into education and focus on doing well and not overloading myself.

My first module is – Environment: Journeys through a changing world.

This module will take me from February through September 2018. This is basically the introductory course to get to grips with the basics of environmental pressures and problems that the world is currently facing. The topics that it covers include: biodiversity, sustainability, climate change, carbon footprint, as well as locations such as the Arctic, the Nile, the Amazon, China and our expanding cities.

To be honest, I can’t wait to get started on this next part of my journey and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Let’s do this, 2018 come at me.


Feb 2, 2018

BA (Hons) Environmental Studies: Module 1 – Environment: Journey Through A Changing World

Updated: Feb 26, 2018

Environment: Journey Through A Changing World is the first module I am taking on my BA (Hons) Environmental Studies with The Open University.

You can find out all about exactly what it entails here.

But as a sort of top-line of what the module includes – here are the 6 blocks that it is split into…

Block 1 – Setting out from home

Rather like reading a travel guide in preparation for a journey, the first block introduces some of the language and ideas that you need to make sense of environmental change. You start by looking at two crucial global issues – loss of biodiversity and climate change – to get a sense of the influence of people on a dynamic planet. You then assess your own environmental impact in terms of your ‘carbon footprint’ and consider how to reduce it towards a more sustainable level.

Block 2 – Arctic approach

This block explores a place that has long fascinated scientific researchers, artists and adventurers. It is now thought of as a kind of early warning system for global warming and climate change. You will be given a sense of the different ways in which environmental change is investigated, communicated and experienced by the scientists who now work there and the societies who have been living there for centuries.

Block 3 – Nile limits

This takes in a very diverse region of tropical forest, desert, agricultural land and cities, which makes it an illuminating place to explore environmental conflicts and efforts to overcome them by cooperation. Block 3 focuses on two issues: water resources, in particular the multiple uses of and conflicts over the Nile’s water supply; and wildlife conservation, focusing on how to support a population of threatened African mountain gorillas by balancing conservation with local community development.

Block 4 – Life in the Amazon

This block investigates the richest storehouse of the world’s biological diversity. You will develop an understanding of the environmental science of tropical forests by exploring their role in global carbon and water cycles, and also as a genetic storehouse. Block 4 will discuss how your own daily choices as a consumer connect to the fate of what has been called ‘the Earth’s lungs’.

Block 5 – Changing China

The pace of economic and environmental change is perhaps greater in this most populous country than anywhere else on the planet. You will follow the migration of people from countryside to city – the largest migration in human history – and gain insights into the difficult balancing act of growing sufficient food and bringing wealth and new opportunities to people in developing countries, without further damaging the world’s environment.

Block 6 – Cities and sustainability

Cities now hold over half the world’s population and use or control most of the world’s resources. The final destination in your journey is the world’s first truly global city – London. It had to develop systems for supplying water, energy and transport to make a city healthy and workable, and its history may point to lessons for future city living. You will explore ideas and plans for making cities economically, socially and environmentally more sustainable as part of a more general exploration of what it means to be a concerned and responsible global citizen in the twenty-first century.

My degree officially starts tomorrow – pretty exciting, so watch this space for my degree diary!

Here we go….

Peace out, SWBC x

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