Access to Higher Education, Mature learners, Student Experience, Widening Participation

Mature students: Why there’s NO NEED TO PANIC on your way to university… By Devon Motte (class of 2017)

For anyone who is toying with the idea of heading back to university, the idea of combatting a cavalcade of fresh young faces just off the ‘A level’ belt can sound daunting and ill prepared. However, lucky for mature students, there is something called Go Higher!

I found Go Higher when I was looking for a solution to my entrance into main university problem. I didn’t know where to start, nor did I know what I would be getting myself into. Especially with the gap between school, studying, and the organised life of a student. I wasn’t sure if I had enough credits and I panicked at the thought of transitioning from the life I had to the life of a student. But when I called up, I was met with a team of organised and reassuring people.

Anne Saunders (who has been an absolute gem) reassured me and gave me bite size bits of information to digest and follow accordingly. After taking a quick evaluation test (just to see where I was at in terms of reading, writing, and maths) I had an interview, and before I knew it, was in the three day induction period meeting people just like me from all age groups who have been waiting to get back into uni. I can’t sugar coat the whole experience, and I need to make anyone who is reading this fully aware that there is real work involved, there are serious deadlines, but there is also an amazing opportunity to gain so much from this.

At only one day per week you’ll be cramming a lot of information into your uni day, and even more for the assignments. But DO NOT PANIC!! There are a load of resources at your disposal! Tutors, amazing Professors, and a slew of online resources that you can use for assignments.

This was by far one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and next year I will be starting my joint honours as a business and philosophy student at the University of Liverpool. Enjoy every second of Go Higher because it’s over far sooner than you’ll expect! To James, Claire, Jill, Lynsey, Barbara and anyone else I may be forgetting, thank you so much for your professionalism and sense of humour! 🙂

Devon, class of 2017.

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