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‘I can continue working and learn about a subject I love’ says Victoria

Victoria Sanderson

The world is changing fast, and we’re all becoming increasingly aware of how our actions impact the planet.

For 22-year-old Victoria Sanderson, studying Environmental Studies part-time with The Open University (OU) has been an eye-opening experience which has helped her to make sustainable adjustments, champion a cause she is passionate about, and gain confidence.

Choosing a degree

Having favoured Geography while studying for her A-levels, this sparked Victoria's fascination with the environment and sustainability, so when the time came to choose a degree, the choice was clear.

Victoria said: “My favourite part of studying Environmental Studies is learning about my personal impact and my household's impact on the environment and adopting strategies I can implement to reduce my carbon footprint.”

Earning while learning

Like many OU students, Victoria was drawn to higher education but wanted an opportunity that would allow her to earn an income, as a swimming teacher, while learning.

“The flexibility of the OU, with the choice between part-time and full-time studying, and being able to complete the learning from home, was one of the big selling points for me,” she explains.

“Applying to study with the OU has enabled me to continue working part-time and learn about a subject that interests me.”

Support from her tutors

Victoria has found the support and feedback from her tutor invaluable, helping to develop her ability to plan and execute assignments she is proud of.

“My confidence has greatly improved since studying at the OU. I’ve gained an increased confidence in myself and in my ability to complete assessments. If at any point you need help with the study material or assessment questions, you can always contact your tutor. My tutor is always happy to guide and reassure me, offering steps on how to better my understanding of the material.”

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