“I think without all of the help then I would have just given up and said “no, it's not worth it”. But I'm so happy that I actually stuck it out and I'm here today graduating.”
Lauren Nixon, LLB Law
Despite suffering from homesickness, graduate Lauren eventually found a home from home at Staffordshire University thanks to the support of her lecturers - and is staying on for further study.
Lauren Nixon, 21 from Brighton said: “When I came to the open day, I really liked the University and how lovely everybody was.”
However, the distance from home soon sank in during Lauren's first year on the LLB Law degree course and she suffered from homesickness, taking time out from her studies.
“I was very homesick and ended up with depression, so I had to be signed off, but the transition back in was great. Being able to have that break really helped.” Lauren explained.
“Everyone was so helpful. If I couldn't come in or if I came in then had to leave, they always made sure that I had everything I needed.”
Lauren also battled bravely against a bad back condition in her final year but pushed herself to maintain strong attendance in all her modules and graduated with a 2.1. After enjoying her time on the undergraduate course Lauren is returning to study a postgraduate law degree this Autumn.
Speaking at her graduation, Lauren commented: “I think without all of the help then I would have just given up and said “no, it's not worth it”. But I'm so happy that I actually stuck it out and I'm here today graduating.”
She encourages other student who experience mental health issues or personal problems to speak up and make the most of help avaible at the University.
She added: “I think the fact that there was always someone to go to if there was a problem made it so easy. There's always someone to turn to, there’s always help available, and everyone is so nice and lovely.”
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