The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Learner

The last few months have been a challenge. I haven’t enjoyed the course as much as I did in the beginning. Procrastination has become my frenemy and I am increasingly frustrated with myself. I had to extend a deadline from November to December and wrote assignment 3 in sheer panic because I was about to miss the December deadline. To make matters worse assignment 4 just about made its January target but left me feeling despondent. In all, I should’ve done better.

I suppose I’ve underestimated how lonely online learning can be. I took for granted how important it is to interact with other students who are likeminded and working towards the same goal, and to  sit down face to face with a tutor to discuss the areas that need improvement.

I’m hoping this is just a blip and I get back on track with assignment 5. The fact that I’ve even written this gives me hope; it’s been 66 days since my last admission. For the record, I’m looking forward to saying: ‘Adieu’ to Writing Skills 1 and ‘Hello’ to The Art of Poetry.

As for my frenemy, Procrastination: good riddance to her too…

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