Further study after failure?
July 19, 2011 3:44 PM Subscribe
I'm in my forties and have a really bad academic record, but I want to do a Masters. What are my options?
posted by anonymous to Education (13 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
My academic record is a mess. I studied at various institutions for undergrad, failed a lot of units (due to severe depression resulting in hospitalisation) and never told the university my reasons. My parents offered to sort it out with the university at the time but I didn't care. I then got into another university and dropped out one unit short of getting my degree. That was nearly 20 years ago so those units can no longer be counted towards a degree.
I did some undergrad units at the Open University for fun a few years back and got really great results, but again, didn't go anywhere with it. I have no doubt that I am over and done with undergrad but I pretty much have nothing to show for it. I then enrolled in a postgrad unit but didn't do anything so have a 'Did not complete' on my record there.
I am also incredibly ashamed of and embarrassed about the whole thing. My academic record is a mess of incompletes and fails interspersed with high distinctions. Plus I've studied for years and don't even have an undergraduate degree to show for it!
For various reasons which I won't bother to detail here, I am now confident that I won't have this problem again. I also have good reasons for wanting to continue with study, and money/time commitment is not an issue. However, I don't know where to start. Should I just begin again at first-year undergrad level and suck it up? Or are there other ways I could demonstrate my ability and commitment?
Although rationally I know it's nothing to be ashamed of, I am terribly ashamed of how my mental health problems have affected my life. I can't bring myself to discuss this with anyone, and no longer have contact with anyone in academia who could write a reference for me. I just wish there was a way to wipe my record and start afresh.
Please don't be too harsh, my ego is fragile enough already where this is concerned.
TL;DR: Bad academic record, completed undergrad requirements but have no degree, want to do a Masters or in any case study further. What to do?