Former uniformed public services student Lauren Edwards

Lauren Edwards

“I’ve wanted to be a nurse since I was five years old but was once told I’d never be one – yet I’ve proved them wrong,” says former uniformed public services student Lauren Edwards as she prepares to graduate with a BSc in Adult Nursing from the University of Central Lancashire.

After not getting the grades she needed to go to university straight from sixth form, Lauren signed up for the Level 3 diploma at the college as an alternative route to achieving her dream.

She added: “There are many ways to get into university, it just takes some research and talking to people who can help find the best way for you. Mine wasn’t the traditional route as I had to do a year at college to get the grades I needed but that extra 12 months gave me time to grow up which benefitted me when I left home to go to university.

“I’m quite a shy person but coming to college improved my confidence and helped me to develop teamwork and leadership skills – which have been useful during my degree –  and the tutors were really helpful when I was writing my personal statement and completing my UCAS application.

“It feels fantastic to be just one month away from becoming a qualified nurse and I’ll be starting work on a neurosurgery ward in January – I’ve had to work hard to get where I am today and I’m so glad that I didn’t admit defeat and give in when times got hard – it just goes to show that determination and hard work finally pays off.

“No matter how long it takes to get to where you want to be, if you have the commitment to never give up until you reach your dream, it will all be worth it in the end.”

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