My name is Shanice Wallace and I am thirty years of age. I went to university as a mature student because I felt that my ambition had outpaced my access to new opportunities. During my time at university, I often reminded myself how blessed I was to be doing something that I absolutely loved. However, I was also constantly aware that when unchecked, comfort breeds complacency.
It was this awareness that my insatiable desire to ‘know more‘ and my love for Business, Finance and Marketing led to me achieving a first-class BA (Hons) where my focus was on my passion. After all, what good is it to love what you do, and not be exceptional at it?
I believe that when we discover our purpose and calling in life, learning takes on a whole new meaning.
The thought of going to university can at times, be daunting. Where ever you may be thinking of studying, my advice to you is to not be dismayed, but remember why you want to go in the first place. Write a letter to yourself in your first year, stating what you want to achieve at the end of your course – and work towards it. What you put in at university, is what you will get out. Don’t be afraid to ask lecturers for help in any area that you may find yourselves struggling in. Don’t be afraid to ask questions even if you feel your question is silly, and always remember to put in independent work. An investment in education, pays the best return on investment.
On a personal note, going to university has improved my prospects for life as I have gained a bachelor’s degree that is recognised worldwide. This puts me at an advantage in the job market. I have also gained transferable skills such as analytic and critical thinking that I can transfer to any future job role. My time at university exposed me to live projects and various marketing research methods which has increased my employability. Reflecting back, I was once in that position where the thought of university laid heavy on my heart, but I can testify that I am glad that I made the bold decision to take that step to achieve my dreams.
Finally, I want you all to know that you should never underestimate the power and potential of your dreams, though they will demand effort and sacrifice. A qualification may get you to the door, but it takes the right attitude and perspective to get you through the door because after education, accessing any professional or business opportunity all depends on our ability to distinguish ourselves from the crowd.
Thank you for sharing your inspiring story and valuable advice, Shanice.
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