when I first began study there, massey university was the only tertiary institution in new zealand that offered extramural study. this sounded like a great idea, since I wouldn't actually have to move to a university town in order to take university courses.
looking back on it now, I'm surprised that it ever worked out. by comparison, internal (on-campus) students are pampered within an inch of your life. lectures? tutorials? access to teaching staff? the chance to discuss concepts with other students? extramural students should be so lucky! we got a textbook or two, study guides that told us which chapters to read, and a set of assignments to complete. not exactly student-friendly.
fortunately, I was taking mostly computer science and mathematics - but my grades in the more subjective classes suffered. this isn't necessarily a bad thing in some cases; I'm perversely proud of my E in 59.391: special topic in managing information systems. disaster narrowly averted! sometimes I wonder just how things could have turned out. massey have a marvellous mba (master of business administration) program, or so I hear. ::shudder::
alas, I don't currently have any records of my work from massey. I'm sure it wasn't terribly interesting, although the punch-card assignment sheets might worth a chuckle or two.