Graduation stories - a bit of self-belief goes a long way
Despite thinking she would never get into university, Sarah Middleton graduated at the end of November with a BA (Hons) in Social Sciences.
She is now a Support Worker at Scottish Autism - a job she feels her degree was perfect for.
Here, she tells us about her time at Abertay.
“I never thought I would get into university - let alone graduate! I just didn’t think I had the right kind of mind or the financial means.
“Even when I had started, part of me always doubted that I would graduate, but I am glad to have been able to prove myself wrong. A large part of that is down to the lecturers and staff at Abertay who were always happy to help when possible.
“I chose to study Social Sciences because it contains a wide variety of subjects, so you learn a little bit of everything and get a comprehensive understanding of many topics. I’d already studied it for my HNC, so I knew I liked it, and I applied to Abertay as it was one of the few universities that offered the programme.
“Although having already worked in care when I was younger I don't think I would be working with Scottish Autism if it wasn't for my degree - it taught me to think critically and I think the things that I learned will continue to help me through my life and career.
“My job involves working with individuals with autism and supporting them through their life journey - whether that’s through behavioural challenges or through day-to-day tasks.
"My hope is that one day I will be able to work my way further up the company and progress in my career.
“My favourite parts of my time in Dundee were sitting in the lecture rooms - as the lecturers found a way to make every topic interesting - and the late night study sessions in the library with the friends that I made while I was here.
“I would encourage anyone to study at Abertay because as a university I think it’s one of the best - the staff and lecturers are so helpful and you'll make friends with a wide range of individuals and create some of the best memories of your life while you’re at it.”
Many, many congratulations to Sarah - we wish her the best of luck at Scottish Autism!
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