- I relaxed into the whole experience of being at University - once I realised that it was OK and got over myself being older so thinking I ought to know what I was doing.
- I discovered how much I liked the other students and we got on really well.
- I had the life-skills to know when you don’t something and to ask questions. Your tutors will do everything they can to support you and are genuinely pleased if you reach out to them for help.
- I really enjoyed being a Peer Guide, helping to welcome new students of all ages and to see them settle in.
- Get involved in as much as you can in other activities apart from study. There are clubs and societies for everything, whether you join in or just support. There is always something going on somewhere and it all helps you make friends and be part of the student community.
- Remember at all times that you are part of a wonderful institution – make the most of every single minute you can.
- It’s your University, and an experience that will remain with you for the rest of your life. Above all - ENJOY YOURSELF.
More details of Stevie’s experience can be found here.
- I left school with no qualifications and at 55 started my degree in English Literature and Creative Writing.
- Initially I felt uneducated but soon realised that was due to my own lack of confidence.
- My most difficult hurdle was achieving an acceptable standard of assignment writing. I attended the ‘Writing School’ for help until I was confident in my own abilities.
- The degree was inspirational. I have been surprised at the interests I have developed and intend to carry the research into my family history into a PhD.
- A degree is much more than the prospectus lists. It has broadened my horizons in many ways and I have gained self-confidence and self-respect.
- The other students accepted me as any other student and I felt a real part of the university culture.
- It took hard work and commitment but it was worth it. It was a wonderful experience.
- I loved every minute and was tearful when it finished.
More details of Judith’s experience can be found here.