From care to university
I’d always found school pretty hard going. I had been in and out of different foster care placements since I was 9, which meant that my life was a bit disrupted over the months and years.
Sometimes that meant going to different schools to be closer to where I was living. My behaviour wasn’t always too great at that time and I often felt stressed out about everything else going on. I wasn’t a normal kid with a ‘normal’ family who only had to worry about doing their home work and making sure they didn’t miss the bus. I felt like an outsider and a loner a lot of the time to be honest.
I managed to do ok in my A Levels at the second attempt and get into uni. I was really happy about that but this brought up more challenges, where was I going to live? And how was I going to afford it? It was the university that told me about the Unite Foundation scholarship and the day I found out I’d got it was the biggest relief of my life!
Now I’ve been able to be in the same building for the last 2 years and am staying again next year. A couple of my flatmates from the first year have stayed in the same place too and though we can sometimes wind each other up a bit, we’re tight. A big thank you to the Unite Foundation for providing me with a fixed place to be and security from money worries. I hope I do you (and me) proud.
The day I found out that I'd been accepted for a scholarship will stick in my memory forever. I'd never felt so relieved!