Emily fights back with a first after life-saving surgery

“I did think about leaving it a year but I was all geared up and ready to go. I thought if there's nothing that much to hold me back then I might as well get on with it.”

Emily White, BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology

A Staffordshire University student, determined to continue her studies after life-saving surgery, has graduated with a first class degree.

Emily White, 21 from West Bromwich, was going into her final year of the BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology course when she was submitted to Royal Stoke University Hospital with a pancreatic cyst.

She spent five weeks in hospital undergoing two major operations to remove the cyst, which turned out to be cancerous tumour.

Intent on graduating alongside her course mates and not falling behind, Emily continued with her studies in hospital.

She said: “I did think about leaving it a year but I was all geared up and ready to go. I thought if there's nothing that much to hold me back then I might as well get on with it.”

“I wanted to get my mind off what had happened, off the surgery and recovery. When something like that happens you want to get back to normality. I wanted to go back to University as soon as possible but I knew I had to take it slowly.”

Emily's parents bought books to inspire her work and classmates visited to keep her up-to-date with the course. With that support from family, friends and lecturers Emily cracked on with editing, scripting and storyboarding her final year project from her hospital bed.

After weeks of recovery Emily retuned to University in January ready to pick up where she left off.

“My tutors sat me down and told me I didn't need to rush anything and helped create guidelines for my studies. They also helped me find other thing likes counselling.” She commented.

Emily's hard work paid off and she has graduated with a first class honours degree. She now hopes to find freelance work in the film industry.

She added: “Don't be afraid to ask for help. Don't be afraid to knock on the door and see what support at the uni is available to you because there is an awful lot and you don't realise it.”

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