Posted on Thursday, 19 July 2018 at 3pm
by Lifelong Learning Centre Staff.
The following is a guest post by Marcella Manfredonia, a mature student who graduated from Leeds with a BA in Learning and Teaching in July 2018.
I feel like I ended up embarking on the BA Learning and Teaching almost by chance. I had worked for a charity for ten years but there seemed to be a dramatic switch in the direction it was heading, and it no longer felt like the place for me, so I needed to explore new avenues.
I sought advice and the best suggestion received was to volunteer in my son’s classroom as a Teaching Assistant, which I did and thoroughly enjoyed. I decided to complete a Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools and one year after starting to volunteer I was offered a job at the school (which I accepted).
Towards the end of my completing the certificate Fiona Chapel visited my group at college to let us know that a degree was a potential next step. I couldn’t believe it – almost felt like I imagine it feels winning the lottery because I have always given myself a hard time for dropping out of my first degree so to be given another chance at this stage in life was just music to my ears!
So I applied, got stuck in, and have loved every minute – well, apart from deadlines! Seriously though, I think the positives completely cancel out the negatives and every semester is an achievement and takes you a step closer.
Now, five years later, I have graduated! It’s gone so quickly and I’ve learnt so much, obviously from the modules I’ve studied but also about me, my ability to persevere and the joy that a love of learning can bring. I’m not sure it has fully sunk in yet that I’m a graduate and that I made it but I do feel very happy, very proud and very excited about the future.