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RING US ON: 01642 234255 I'm enjoying a one-woman celebration while writing this column.

I've just finished my penultimate assignment for a university course I've been doing, so I'm enjoying two Ferrero Rocher and a cup of coffee.

Now it might not sound a lot, but to this frazzled mum it's a delicious reprieve from my hectic world.

It's been a struggle to complete this last report, and I admit I've spent too much time doing other things when I should have been burning the midnight oil.

But hey, isn't that what being at university is all about?

I'm a student at the University of Central Lancashire, which means in the last nine months I've been introduced to the joy and agony of being a remote access student.

I, and the rest of my colleagues, log in from wherever we are in the country, including Liverpool, Cardiff, Scotland and Newcastle, but believe you me, it's been far from plain sailing.

I'm an advocate of new technology and I love the way the internet allows us to link up with people wherever they are in the world. But strangely enough, when it came to gathering in cyberspace somewhere above Preston, things didn't always go according to plan.

And as journalists are not known for their patience and good grace, you can imagine some of the comments that were made.

There were some giggles, some shockers, and some real brain benders, and there's even been some tears and tantrums - and that was just the tutor.

But finally the finish line is in sight. Just one more assignment before I'm free of academic reading material.

Maybe then I'll splash out and treat myself to a chocolate eclair.

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JULIE MARTIN: Assistant editor (multi-media)
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 31, 2008
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