It is the start of the academic year and I am officially now a student with the Open University! My module in Creative Writing starts this week and I have already been learning about clustering and free writing, completing exercises and reading up on the course. It’s so nerve wracking but also really exciting. It might be almost October but the weather is so mild, it has been described as an Indian Summer. I love this time of year and I haven’t experienced it for a few years as I have been in Thailand. There is a lovely smell in the air and the colours and crunchiness of the autumnal leaves is just wonderful. I have asked work to give me less hours so that I can fit in my studying. I had my meeting with my psychiatrist last week and though he advised me to stay on the meds, he agreed to give me a plan to come off them. So I have a nine week plan to reduce them as slowly as possible. I’m really happy about it as I will be completely med free by the end of November! Starting with taking 10mg on alternate days and 5mg on the other days. Hopefully this will give me more energy and creativity to use on my OU course and also stop the restless leg syndrome that persists! I have a busy week coming up; working at the York Uni freshers fair on Saturday, going to the anti-austerity march on Sunday in Manchester and then working at the cinema Monday and Tuesday. The rest of the week will be fitting in all my studies! I’m excited and nervous about the changes happening in my life but ready to embrace change.