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julieName: Julie
Course: BA (Hons) Health and Social Policy [2+2]

After graduating from the BA in Health and Social Policy in July 2018, I started a full-time Sociology MA in Gender and International Development in September 2018, which I completed in September 2019. I graduated from my masters in January 2020.

I did initially wonder whether I could study an MA full-time alongside my role as a foster carer (I have six children at home and two in their first year university - my husband is also a second year CLL student). However, I found that the organisational skills that I had acquired during my time with CLL stood me in good stead, and in fact, I achieved a distinction in four out of the seven modules I undertook. My proudest achievement, however, was being awarded the Gillian Rose Prize for 2018/19 by the Department of Sociology Post Graduate Exam Board. This prize is awarded to the student with the best essay mark in the area of social and political thought. A 4000 essay that I wrote for the Sociology of Urban Life entitled "Gated Communities - An Oxymoron?", and for which I achieved a mark of 88%, was nominated for the prize and was ultimately selected by one of the university's external examiners. I think that being awarded this prize shows that the academic study skills that I gained during my BA were excellent preparation for my continuing studies. My intention is to continue my higher education journey by undertaking a PhD in the very near future, hopefully at the University of Warwick.