LLB (Hons) Law, 2012 graduate
I first thought about going to university at around 14 or 15, at our six monthly care reviews the professionals encouraged university and it was always intended that I would apply for a course. My family and foster family encouraged me and I had help with my application from school friends and teachers and my foster parent’s link worker provided a reference. I chose a qualifying law degree as I had decided at an early age to be a barrister and I knew the path to qualifying would be a long process.
The best part of university was obtaining a first-class degree and knowing that I had done what I could to improve my chances of securing pupillage. Focusing on my degree from the start, really helped, I rarely missed lectures and seminars so I had concise notes to revise for the exams, and I fully prepared work in order to achieve the best grade possible. I then selected the best course provider for my professional training.
I think it is important to select a university that can help support you through your studying. DMU was supportive from the moment I accepted my place. I knew that the university had very good procedures in place to support care leavers from additional finances to emotional and transitional support. That formed an important part of my reasoning for selecting DMU to study at.
The one best piece of advice I could give is that you should not let others tell you that you cannot or should not go to university, read up on what you want to do and make an informed decision about your chosen career path. If you haven't decided about your career then select a general course that can develop transferable skills. Other than that put all your efforts into what you choose to do and you will see results.