She said of her experience at Christ Church: “My time as a Canterbury Christ Church University student has been overwhelming and an experience that I would never change. In 2016, I joined Christ Church to study a foundation degree in Physical Education & Physical Activity, and got a distinction. I then continued onto a full degree course, obtaining a first-class.
"I’ve always had a passion for sport and physical education and this course enabled me to work within a school environment, as well as attending university days to enhance my subject knowledge within practical and theoretical elements.
"During my time at Christ Church, I have had to deal with many health complications. These derive from Chiari Malformation – a condition where the brain is pushed downwards against the spine. This has caused pain, weakness and mobility issues, which unfortunately disrupted my university studies.
"However, I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for the support of my amazing university friends and lecturers, I wouldn’t have completed my three years and finished with the results that I did."
"There were many personal conversations with Alison Carney (then PE and Physical Activity Programme Director), to discuss my personal welfare and to come up with solutions to support me through the tough times. Considering how busy our lecturers are, it always amazed me that they would find time to sit and have a conversation – whatever the time of day.
"They say that university is like a roller-coaster, you will have those up and down days, the days when you just want to scream. But you will also find the time to smile, laugh and by the end be proud of what you have achieved.
"Christ Church made me realise that no matter what you go through in life, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
"The unconditional support from my PEPA lecturers will never be forgotten. They have supported me through the toughest times of my life, and I will always be grateful for the motivation, encouragement and advice they provided."