"Financially you might think it's a bit scary but my mortgage is still paid, we are still standing, we are still fed. The rewards of graduating with a first class degree are second to none."
Juliette Platts, BA (Hons) Fine Art
A mature student who gave up her job to study at Staffordshire University says the rewards of graduating with first class honours are 'second to none'.
Juliette Platts, 41 from Cheadle, discovered a passion for art while working as a cover supervisor in a local high school.
She explained: “I did Art Textiles and I thought 'Yes, art is what I want to do!'. It took me a few years to get up the confidence being a mature student but I did it.”
“The course has opened me up - I've learned so much. The lecturers are just amazing.” she said.
“They are all industry professionals so they are all exhibiting artists and are very knowledgeable. They are really encouraging and really supportive.”
Juliette threw herself into the university experience, making friends of all ages and working as a student ambassador at Open Days and other events on campus.
She also took part in a week-long artist's residency at the National Trust's Ilam Hall in Ashbourne, creating artwork inspired by the park's history and running family-friendly workshops for visitors.
“Working as a practicing artist and with the public was really useful. It is vitally important to have that industry experience because it lets you explore what you could do after graduating.”
Juliette achieved a first class degree and gave a speech in front of hundreds of fellow graduates and their families at her graduation ceremony.
She will return to Staffordshire University in September to begin a Masters degree and hopes that her experience will encourage other mature students to follow in her footsteps.
“It is an option, I spent two years umming and arring but you can manage it. Financially you might think it's a bit scary but my mortgage is still paid, we are still standing, we are still fed. The rewards of graduating with a first class degree are second to none.”
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