Amy’s degree has given her a love of learning.
'The direction I have taken isn’t what I expected when I started, but I suppose that’s the point of a degree.'
I came here as mature student – though I was only 22 – after an unsatisfactory experience at another university and working in a restaurant, finishing as a branch manager. I came to a creative writing summer school at Teesside University, which gave the teaching staff a chance to see what I could do, and gave a taste of studying English. They pushed me, I succeeded, and it gave me confidence to apply for the degree course.
The support and guidance from the tutors has been outstanding. My favourite module in Year 1 was Thinking about culture, which led to Thinking about representation in Year 2 and Questions of feminism in Year 3. I’m working on a dissertation about the effects of radical second-wave feminism on contemporary culture. The direction I have taken isn’t what I expected when I started, but I suppose that’s the point of a degree. I have also enjoyed the other modules I have taken, such as Text and context, Renaissance Literature, Modern and Contemporary Writing, and Shakespeare: critical and contemporary contexts.
I lived with my parents in Year 1, but in Years 2 and 3 I have lived in a hall of residence, as a warden. I get paid and get my accommodation free, and in return I am on call, on a rota system, if any issues arise during the evening and night. We received training in how to deal with difficult issues, and it has worked well for me.