Rhiannon, from Shrewsbury, had originally planned to take a gap year before attending an open day.

“I changed my application to start immediately after speaking to the staff about my course. Coming from a very remote area I found the University was the perfect size for me to feel comfortable whilst living away from home.”

“Due to the nature of my chosen career path not many universities offered my course. Additionally, the majority of were based in London and as I am not a fan of large built up areas, Carlisle appeared a good place to study.”

“The best part of my course is the tutors encouraging us to challenge them both in lectures and personal tuition time. There is no right or wrong opinion and this helps develop my debating skills, as well as having the confidence to voice my opinion."

I find the support network fantastic and reassuring.

“I have enjoyed many aspects of university life; my personal favourite is the Women’s Football Team. We set the team up in my first year and it is great to see us in a league, the girls are all great to get along with and spend a lot of social time together.”

“There are numerous times I have found more than one tutor going that extra mile to help with both my studies and personal goals. I can rely on my tutors to email me back at any time even over the weekend!! I find the support network fantastic and reassuring.“

“My tutors have assisted me in finding two volunteering positions which will go a long way in my aspired line of work. My first placement is with the National Youth Advocacy Service and my second is with Cumbria Reducing Offending Partnership Trust, both of which have put me through extra training qualifications.”

“Coming to University has helped me gain the confidence I never thought I would have. I have always been independent but always worried about what my peers thought of me, now I find myself more care free and confident to not stress about others.”

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