Paige is currently studying for FdA Police and Criminal Justice Studies at Newcastle College, having received an unconditional offer. Here she tells us a little more about her journey to where she is now.
Before taking part in FutureMe events and activities, how did you feel about higher education?
I was unsure if higher education was for me as I never thought I would be able to manage it. I would always put barriers in my way; I didn’t have my GCSE English, I didn’t think the workload would be manageable, I didn’t think I could learn how to Harvard reference, I really didn’t think I would have much of a social life. These were a few of the thoughts which were getting in my way. With the support from the FutureMe team, I believed I could do it!
Which FutureMe activities did you take part in and what did you enjoy about these?
I took part in a FutureMe residential trip to Eskdale which was amazing. The trip started off with a visit to Leeds Beckett University, we listened to a presentation about the university and what it has to offer for those considering higher education. We also had a game of Wheelchair Basketball, which I have never done before! After leaving Leeds we headed to Eskdale. Over the course of the residential I took part in many team tasks, including onsite mini problem-solving tasks, rock climbing, gorge walking and climbing Scafell Pike. I really enjoyed these activities as I achieved new things.