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How I Regained My Confidence Studying Access To Higher Education

The Pre-Access course has given me the confidence that I never thought I had!

My dreams became my reality

10 years ago, I travelled from West Africa to the UK on a spouse visa, with a dream and the hope of attaining some level of education, but as you can guess it that never happened. Seven years later, I found myself single with two children and no family members to help me as they are all back home in Africa.

I knew the only way to empower myself was with education, and with great timidity, I found some courage to apply for the Pre-Access course at Dover Technical College, which has to be the best decision I have ever made!

Throughout the process of my application and interview I had so many excuses like childcare, transportation, being out of education for so long, my accent, the list goes on but to my greatest relief, the tutors replaced all those fears with hope and certainty that there was help available as long as I was willing and ready to learn, and that the college was set to support me all the way through my studies.

That was exactly what happened: my childcare and transportation were taken care of as long as I maintained good attendance, of course, I started the Pre-Access course last September, which has been a fantastic confidence booster. For me personally, words cannot express the level of help and support I got from all my tutors. They made me look beyond my fears even when I doubted myself.

Now, I can't wait to start my Access course this coming September, knowing that I will be getting all the support and guidance from the entire Access team in preparation for university to study adult nursing, which is something I never thought would be possible for me. But now with hard work and a great deal of help from all my tutors, I can finally see a brighter future,

So, if you are a single mum or thinking you are too old to go to college, or you want a change in career but are just too scared to return to education, I encourage you to put all those thoughts aside and take a new step towards your future and apply at Dover Technical College. I promise you, you will never regret it and it will be the best decision you will ever make because all of the tutors will guide you on the right path for you. They will believe in you, even when you are not sure of what you really want to do. Good luck!