In September 2004, aged 18, fresh from Salisbury College, I moved to Gloucestershire and started University, studying Events Management. It wasn’t the right time for me. I was grieving the loss of my good friend Jamie and it was just too soon for more studying. I needed a break. So I gave up during the second semester.
Not one for leaving things unfinished, I went back to University in September 2008, when my oldest daughter was only One year old. I was determined to get those BA letters after my name. Not just content for the BA, I wanted Honours too. I knew I’d never use my degree, but it was a personal goal. I wanted to prove I had the discipline to get a degree.
University wasn’t easy. In 2010 I was hospitalized with Pylonephritis. It took me a long time to recover and I missed a lot of work.
In 2011 I moved house (twice in the end!), started a new job as a pub manager, entirely planned our wedding (and getting 24 guests abroad), got married and then got pregnant with twins!
In 2012 I finished my degree, handing in my dissertation just one month before giving birth to the twins. Anyone who has read my blog before, knows I didn’t have an easy pregnancy, so fitting in a dissertation between hospital appointments and looking after my daughter, was difficult. But I did it.
On 15th November 2012, I finally Graduated with Upper Second Class Honours (a degree classification 2:1) in Hospitality Management. I was thrilled and proud. Donning my mortarboard and gown and walking across that stage to shake hands with the Chancellor (while she complimented me on my starry tights) was a very proud and emotional moment for me.