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Miss Farhat Ashraf

FE Community & Social Care, Policy & Practice student

To start university at my age for me felt like it was a huge thing way out of my comfort zone.  I thought I would be the eldest and have nothing in common with anyone on my course.  How wrong could I have been! UCLan have opened the doors to a completely new world to me.  I don’t think any of this would have been possible without our Course Leader, Lynn Shorter.  Her support has been immense.  In the first few weeks, I really doubted myself and thought ‘am I doing the right thing?’ Lynn was there to chase any doubts away.  I am really enjoying my course and I am glad that I was able to study the foundation degree before moving on to a BA course.  I feel like I can get to grips with the academic side of university before I move on to next year.  Being out of education for so long was another worry for me but facilities like WISER and the School’s academic support have been helpful.  The facilities at UCLan are amazing - there is help at every corner - be that financial, academic or otherwise.  Everyone has been helpful and eased me into this new world without any problems.  As a mature student, I still have all the opportunities available to me as I would if I was an 18-year-old coming straight from college.  I live near the Burnley campus which is brilliant because I can use the Burnley facilities e.g. library if I am unable to travel to Preston.  I would recommend UCLan as the university to go to because they really do offer the full package for any aged person who is looking at furthering their life by studying.