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Graduation stories - a bit of self-belief goes a long way

2 December 2014

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.

Starting university

“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.

Social Sciences

“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.

Scottish Autism

“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.

Abertay highlights

“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!

If you would like to find out more about our Social Science degree, please visit our course pages.

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