Course: BA (Hons) Social Studies
"When I was younger, I never really saw myself as academic. Honestly, I did not see the value in education. It was not until I was older that I began to appreciate education.
When I was 18 years old I became homeless and spent two years living in a youth hostel, during that time I was able to gain an apprenticeship in childcare, complete my NVQ level 2 and later my level 3. However, this was not enough, when I was 20 years I moved out of the hostel and began renting my own flat. Once I had finished my apprenticeship, I struggled to find a job that would be enough to cover my basic outgoings. I found myself bouncing from job to job, until eventually I started working as a family support worker with the Coventry City Council, within three months of starting I was told that the service would undergo a re-structure and I would lose my job. That was the moment I realised that I needed to take back control of my life. I needed better options and the only way I could do that was with a better education.
This is when I applied for the social studies part-time degree with CLL. I completed my first year part-time then moved to full-time in my 3rd year. Being a mature student has not always been easy. I was 25 when I started my degree, it had been a long time since I had done anything academic, even then I only left school with two C grades along with a lot of E and D grades. Writing essays and academic reading was a challenge in the beginning, however, I found that the support offered from study skills sessions and my lectures very helpful and before I knew it I was on my way and achieving the grades I wanted.
I liked my course as it allowed me to pick and choose my modules, meaning that I was able to tailor my degree towards the career I wanted. I began to love education and I would look forward to completing my assignments. If I am honest I have come from being someone who never believed I would be clever enough or capable of going to university, to someone who feels that education has become part of who I am and I do not want to stop learning. I am hoping to begin a masters in September and I cannot wait to see where my next journey takes me."