All of my family work in some form of health and care setting. You could say it’s in my DNA to want to work with people. Sex education. That’s where it started for me. That is what made me want to become a midwife, but more on that in future posts.
Let me start from the beginning…
I always wanted to become a midwife; I know that sounds cliché, but it is true.
However, at the tender age of 16 following my GCSEs I left school without any idea of what I was doing or where I was going. I decided at 17 to apply to the Adult Nursing Diploma with a view to then complete a shortened 18-month midwifery course. However, life sometimes gets in the way and unfortunately (although I do not regret this) I left before finishing my diploma.
Around this time I met my husband Tom, we moved in together and then went about working and getting married. It was about a month after the wedding when I realised I had never lost my passion for midwifery. I won’t lie, the popularity of midwifery-related television programmes at the time spurred me on to attend an open day at the Anglia Ruskin’s campus in Chelmsford. I would whole-heartedly recommend this to anyone considering applying for any course at Anglia Ruskin University.
As soon as I walked into the room – however mushy it sounds – I felt pure excitement. I spoke to the lecturers and the students working and knew I had to pursue my dream.
At that point midwifery seemed like a lifetime away as I was advised I would need to gain level 3 qualifications (A levels or an Access to Higher Education course). The following Monday I interviewed and enrolled to start my access course that next September. The time flew by, and before I knew it I was interviewing at ARU. The day went by in a blur, but the staff and student ambassadors were so helpful and made me feel at ease (more about that in future posts!).
The day I found out I had been made a conditional offer for ARU was one of the proudest days of my life. I am one of those people who never thought I would be able to attend university and complete an undergraduate degree; that was for younger people or smarter people. I had pretty low self-confidence in my academic capabilities, and as someone with dyslexia and dyspraxia, just presumed I would struggle. I’m pleased to say that I have been given so much support by the university that it has enabled me to build my confidence in academia. Thus far, I have been more than satisfied with my results.
In September 2013 I attended my first day, looked around at the other nervous faces and started my journey to midwifery.
I tell people all the time, and genuinely mean it: I love it. The people, the women and their families, the friends I have made. I don’t remember my life before. My confidence has soared and when I meet prospective students, especially those who don’t have the right qualifications, or those who think it is unreachable, I say to them just go for it, you don’t know until you try. It is the best thing I’ve ever done. It seemed like such a long time when I started my journey three years ago, but as I sit here, about to submit my last assignment of second year, I can honestly say the journey is the best bit!
I hope to share more with you over the following year. I’ll leave you with this quote:
You’re braver than you believe. Stronger than you seem. And smarter than you think.
Christopher Robin in Pooh’s Grand Adventure