I went to Tollbar and studied History and Sciences at GCSE. I continued into sixth form and did International Baccalaureate (I.B), Design and Technology, Physics, History, English, Spanish.
I found that I really enjoyed History so I went to Franklin for an extra year to study Ancient History and Classical Studies.
I felt that I could do more so I applied to University College London, Leicester, Oxford Brooks, and University of Lincoln.
I settled on the University of Lincoln because it was closer to home. It was perfect because I wasn’t quite ready to live on my own away from home and the course suited me because it included a placement and good lectures.
Franklin was really helpful because it offered lots of assistance with things like applying for student finance and choosing classes. You sat down with a tutor who helped you fill in the forms.
Understanding student finance and filling out forms and applications can be a barrier to University, but it doesn’t really need to be, there is lots of support around from people who know what they are doing who can talk you through it.
I made friends with like-minded people at Uni and enjoyed the activities I got the chance to do while studying. We did an archaeological dig and got to stay in a hostel throughout.
I made the choice to work full-time as well as doing my degree which was challenging at times but I graduated with a Degree in Heritage Studies and feel proud of what I accomplished.
I thought about travelling after Uni but got offered a placement at ENGIE. I am in a good graduate job as a Conversation Officer. I wouldn’t have been able to get this job and experience without my degree.
I am now pursuing my masters with Edinburgh through distance learning in Historic Building Conservation.
Higher Education has been a really positive experience for me and I would encourage others to do it.