My degree is an experience I'll always treasure

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Danielle Webb graduated from BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work at the University. Here she speaks about her experiences at USW and why she’s returned to do her masters.

How would you describe your experience at USW?

My experience at the University has been a rollercoaster. I didn't know what to expect, and even when accepting my offer, I wasn't sure if would be for me, but if I could, I'd do it all again.

I’ve learned so much. Not just in the classroom, but also about myself. Finishing a degree and graduating, during a pandemic, has taught me that I’m so much stronger than I thought. Even with the hardships, my degree is an experience I'll always treasure. That’s why I’m now doing my MA with USW.

What have you loved most about your time here?

I’ve made friends for life at university. The support my tutors and placement supervisors have given me has been invaluable. Getting to work while studying and having hands-on experience has allowed me to implement what I learn in the classroom and make links between theory and practice. Juggling my degree and a placement role gave me a taste for the real world. It has also helped me build relationships within the community. I already feel like a respected professional.

What advice would you give to your future self, following the end of your course?

Take risks and never underestimate possibilities. I moved from England to commit to my work and studies, and it was one of the best decisions I've made. I could never have imagined the opportunities university opened and the things I would have done as a result. Follow your heart but take your head with you, making the most of every experience, whether it’s good, or bad.