In 2015, at the age of 40, I embarked upon a BA degree in Social Studies.
It was tough and at times frustrating. Being a ‘mature’ student who has Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and ADD brought its own complications.
I had been out of education for over 20yrs and quite frankly did not know my way around a computer.
But I did it. I graduated with a 2:1 and walking the stage to collect my degree with my family watching was one of the proudest days of my life.
But what has my degree actually given me? Well, firstly, I’ve found belief in myself. You see I didn’t think I could do, it but I did.
I thought my specific learning difficulties would hold me back, and yes, at times they did, but they also made me more determined.
Since graduating, I’ve got more involved with local issues. I was one of the organisers of Llanelli’s first Pride, using my knowledge to fight for equality and equity. I also got a job, working for the Wallich, a homeless charity, as a support worker.
I have worked all through the Covid-19 crisis and used my knowledge to help get the best possible outcome for my clients.
I am a firm believer in Social Justice, so much so, that I am now embarking on furthering my education with a Masters degree in Equity and Diversity.
If I can do it, anyone can.
Yes, it will be tough at times and you will feel like giving up, but you find the strength, determination and courage to carry on, to learn new things, develop your skills and be the best version of you that you can be.
Adult learning rocks!