What motivated you to return to learning at UEA?
I needed a new challenge, my daughters are growing up fast, our family business is established and I felt it was time to invest in myself. I left school at 17 and had no previous qualifications other than my GCSE’s, so I completed an Access to Humanities Course at Norwich City College, which gave me the skills and practice to get back into study. I knew I wanted to apply to UEA – I live locally and it has an excellent reputation for academic achievement and for being a friendly campus.
How have you found your time at UEA?
I was worried before starting at UEA but I needn’t have been - it is difficult balancing work, home and study but it is possible. My previous experience juggling family commitments and my job meant I was accustomed to prioritising and managing workloads, something I underestimated in myself. The law school at UEA is excellent, Earlham Hall is a beautiful setting and the lecturers are incredibly supportive. I have fitted in really well with others from my course – I have made some fantastic friends from a varied age range. Socials, networking opportunities, visits and talks – there is always something going on!
What are your plans for the future?
While I have been at UEA I’ve been involved with the Law Society and the ‘Norfolk Community Law Service’, both of which have given me fantastic experience. The careers service here are excellent and I have attended the annual law careers fair which has allowed me to build contacts. I hope that after my degree I will be successful in securing a training contract so that I can study the Legal Practice Certificate and qualify as a solicitor.