Grace, a Police Sciences student, tells us how her mum Kirstie helped her decide on a course and apply to university.
Grace: I looked at the UCAS website and what courses I wanted to do. There were a few close to home, but as soon as I saw the University of South Wales when I came to an Open Day, I was sold. I just loved it too much to look anywhere else.
Kirstie: The University of South Wales (Pontypridd Campus) is in a small community, but with good links to the city. It feels safe, and I felt safe leaving Grace here. Look for those things and you won’t go far wrong.
Grace: My advice is to look at where you’re going and what it offers, and look at where you’ll be living. I knew what I wanted to do, and knew it would help me get the job I want. The support and training is excellent, it makes you feel smarter and ready for work.
Grace: The first few weeks were a bit scary and I had a bit of a wobble. I lived in the student accommodation at Treforest, Pontypridd Campus. It was a really supportive environment with lots of space.
Kirstie: I was worried about Grace going to university because she was quiet and hadn’t done anything similar before. But she toughed it out and got through it.
Grace: I didn’t find budgeting too bad either - I had worked it out by the end of the year.
Kirstie: She’s being very modest as she did very well and managed it. She stuck to a budget and was very independent about it.
Kirstie: As a family, we talked about the course as well as the university lifestyle. I really encouraged Grace to go away as she was very quiet and needed to grow her personality, so she would be prepared for the police. It’s worked brilliantly for her, as she’s really come out of her shell.
Grace: My family really helped and supported me when I was looking for a course.
Kirstie: Definitely. We always encouraged her to go and have the full life experience and take the opportunity offered.