In 2006 I made a decision that would later change my life, among other universities university of Hertfordshire was my number one choice and I was accepted with a condition (achieving certain grades and certain points). Unfortunately when the time came in 2008 September to start my university life I could not as my parents could not afford to send me to university. I remember crying my lights out I thought the world hated me and I never thought I could be where I am today.
I remember my parents sitting me down and explaining to me why I could not go to uni yet but I could not understand it even though I heard them. I remember my boy friend saying how disappointed he was for me because he knew how much I wanted to start uni but 2008 was not my time. I deferred my entry till 2009 but that came with its own challenges which were sorted in the end thankfully.
2009 I started as an international student and my parents and I raised £6000 of the £8500 needed, it was not easy but it was done and the remainder £2500 I was assisted by the charity in my town which continued to help me till I finished university.
First year was more than I expected, I made friends instantly some of them we graduating together today and some I am ashamed to say I am not sure where they are. I remember my first year clearly my lecturers my classes everything, I also remember I had to work 2 jobs so I could afford to live in student halls and have a social life. I learnt earlier on that I had to balance my life in so many ways, I had my parents, church, studying, boy friend and friends to all fit in and on top of that jobs to sustain me. It was not easy, I missed out on a lot with my friends, with my family but never with my school my jobs or my boy friend who up to now is still a rock in my life. He reminded me of why I wanted to go to uni and why I had to work so hard and today here I am, it all paid off.
Second year was the year I decided that I was going to do a placement, it was not easy studying, and working two jobs so I gave up one job but increased my hours on the remaining one. I spent most of my free nights revising or applying for placements with every pharmaceutical company in the uk. I had made a decision that studying abroad was not an option for me if I wanted a career in pharmacovigilance and looking back now I was right.
I was very fortunate to be chosen as a candidate to do a placement at Roche products limited for 15 months, that in itself was not easy but it was an opportunity of a lifetime. From day one everyone who knows me said I deserve everything I get, I believe in working hard and striving for that goal that I set myself, my lecturers, my friends, my family, my partner and my faith has helped me in the last 4 years to reach where I am.
When final year came I could not believe it, I finished and I passed with a 2:2 which I
am proud of. I am also proud that within one week of finishing my university life I got a job with a leading pharmaceutical company with a very good pay and a very friendly
atmosphere. In final year I realised that I needed to give back just as much as I was given so many things and opportunities, I joined the Red Cross in Luton and worked there every Wednesday, I joined the university ambassadors for biosciences and I participated every open day with Dr. Lewry and others.
From first year to final year a charity called Freeman’s charity in Huntingdon helped me with my tuition fees, also the uni reduced my fees to a home student fees in 2nd year and final year after we got indefinite leave to remain in 2009. All these people, organisations all helped me to where I am today and I am for ever grateful.
I know that not everyone has gone a job so quick after finishing uni I am just great-full to my lecturers, career advisors, ambassadors and everyone else at university of Herts.