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Returning to study as a mature student was a daunting prospect for June, especially with her reliance on cumbersome crutches. However with determination she completed the Access to Higher Education programme and has since progressed on to university.
“I signed up to the course shortly after I medically retired from my job as a Royal Mail manager. When doctors eventually diagnosed me as having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, I was warned it could take up to nine years to get well again but I was inspired to carry on studying. Some days I was in excruciating pain, but I never let it stop me. I managed to get top grades in all my lessons and, with help from my college tutor, I gained a place at The University of Northampton to study for a BSC in Psychology.
“Learning has changed my life and brought me so many new friends. My daughter, who is now at Northampton College herself studying fashion, is really proud of me. I am still in a lot of pain, but learning has given me something to focus on. When I was medically retired it nearly destroyed me, but I look back and feel grateful now. Without retirement I would never have gone on to Northampton College.”
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