Applying to study after 10 years out

I LOVED school, stayed on until my sixth year.  Got my place for Aberdeen Uni after fifth year and was ready and excited to go and study Law in 2005.

Off I went and I hated Every. Single. Minute.

I had lots of friends at the time, I was capable of the work, and I was excited. But it was just not for me.  I didn’t make friends, I was lonely, I lost interest in what I was learning and I had a lot going on at home – and had to move out my family home and be classified ‘homeless’.  So eventually I dropped out – not my proudest moment but I wasn’t happy.


I worked at a local supermarket until I settled into another job at a local offshore suppliers as an office assistant – worked full time until I had my daughter in 2012 and then part time after that.

Anyway, I love my daughter, love family life, love being a mum, and if my situation allowed it I would have 10 kids already!  But I don’t want to bring children into this world if I can’t provide for them as much as I would want to and that just isn’t happening on a part- time wage, plus paying childcare on top in this day and age!  The time was right to do something more.

Whilst at school I didn’t want to be a lawyer, I didn’t know what I wanted to be but I was “urged” in the direction of Law.   Around eight years ago I knew what I wanted to be, then when I was pregnant it became even more obvious I had a calling, a dream, an epiphany – whatever you want to call it, I wanted to be a Midwife.


I’ve always read midwifery related books in my spare time, I find the whole process of pregnancy absolutely incredible and fascinating.  Then when I experienced it for myself it deepened my wonder of how female bodies work to grow a child.  I began studying it in more depth, and looking into how to become a Midwife.

I took the plunge, throwed caution to the wind and applied through UCAS for Sept 2016 intake and promptly received a reply that I was unsuccessful as I had applied after the cut off date.  AHHH disaster.

But now the idea was in my head I patiently awaited the opening date for Sept 2017 intake!  And promptly sent off my application th day applications opened 🙈 And the wait began.


Five months later, I began to see a trinkling of people with invitations to interview on student midwife forums and groups…I had almost given up hope when I finally got an email I couldn’t believe it!  In those five months I had read a lot about how they expect recent study and midwifery experience of some kind – health care work or volunteering – I had none. So frankly I wasn’t’ hopeful. I had even applied and had an interview and been offered a place on a HNC care and Admin course at my local college as a back up plan to get some experience and study under my belt to apply again next year!  I seen there were around eight interview days and I actually seen a couple of University places offered, my negative thoughts were taking over.

So my interview came – two parts group interview first and then individual interview.  I was partnered up with a lovely girl too and I am keeping my fingers crossed she got in!  I did think it went well, but you know that feeling when you just don’t want to get your hopes up as that usually means bad news? That’s how I felt!

Fast forward one week of seeing some offers going out and regularly checking my UCAS track and RGU portal (like every 30 mins), it was there MY OFFER – I HAD A PLACE!


Whoa!!! Cue lots of tears and me and my daughter literally dancing around the living room in our PJ’s! I had a lot of things against me but I had done it, and I’m not ashamed to say I am proud of myself.

It is going to be a very hard 3 years of fulltime study and full time working, all different shifts whilst on placement but I know every second will be worth it.  And the times I will miss Harley means more quality time with her Dad and just means when we are together we will cherish it more – quality over quantity! Ultimately aI am doing this for myself but I am doing this to provide a better life for her too.  I cannot wait to show Harley that if you want something you should go for it, that hard work pays off and that she is capable of anything!

3 thoughts on “Applying to study after 10 years out

  1. Melanie says:

    Congratulations! Mature aged students get a lot more out of study as a general rule I think. Because we do know what we want and why we’re there, and we don’t let anyone impact on our learning experience. It’s less intimidating when you’re the older one! Go there and suck every bit of education out of it 😀


  2. Pearl says:

    Congratulations! After almost 20 years out of education i’m now starting my midwifery journey with an access to HE course, i can not wait to be where you are now!! I hope you enjoy every second of it!! Xx


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