I'm not going to give you guys the full story, but I will summarise. A fair few years ago, I got into some trouble, starting drinking far too much and basically went of the rails. I got kicked out of uni, ended up going to prison for a little bit, almost died after being stabbed and got into a bit more trouble with the police. And then slowly started getting my life back together. Only now do I really think that I am ready to go back to studying. Luckily (in a way) I've recently been made redundant and now have a fair wedge of cash in the bank. So basically I have the finances, and there is nothing more than a fear inside me holding me back. I know my old university is out of the question, but have looked into something called the open university. I can hopefully transfer over my old grades. However the questions I am asking myself is, am I wasting my time? I'm not sure I could even do it anymore. Anyone got any experience of distance study? Would I be wasting my time? I mean if I were to work like an idiot and do well will anyone will be willing to give me a shot after finishing? Ideally I would like to maybe even go on and do a PhD, but I am pretty sure that no one is going to look at me and want to give me a chance. I certainly wouldn't if someone came to me and said they were a recovering alcoholic and had been to prison twice.