After gaining further qualifications, Megan Davies will continue to help those struggling with their mental health, this time as a nurse.
After leaving the University with a Psychology degree in 2018, she returned a few years later for the Mental Health Nursing degree, from which she is graduating this September with First Class Honours.
“I’m nervous, but excited too,” she said. “The course has been tough, more than I expected, but I look back now and the time has flown by! It still feels surreal to be qualifying and there is definitely some imposter syndrome going on, but I am excited to see what the future holds and to get back to working.”
Megan received all top marks in her third year, but also received commendation from the exam board for her reflective essay, which she has been encouraged to get published.
Following her first degree, Megan worked in a private psychiatric hospital for children and young people with eating disorders, but she was able to secure funding and sponsorship from her employer to do her nursing training. “Since experiencing my own difficulties as a teenager I wanted to be able to help people and make a positive difference to their lives,” said Megan. “Mental health nursing allows me to have a professional registration and has so many different options on the type of role you are after.”
Megan chose Nursing at Worcester after hearing colleagues speak positively of the experience. She praised the support she had experienced on the course when she needed it. Megan was supported with her dyslexia and dyspraxia by the University’s disability team, which she said had been very helpful.
But beyond that, when Megan found herself struggling to keep on top of her work and complete her placement obligations in her final year due to family related pressures, she reached out and received further support. “Subsequently I had support from student services and my personal academic tutor and dissertation supervisor,” she said. “The support I have received has been fantastic and, looking back, I wish I had spoken up sooner! I have really benefited from it this academic year. I think it can take a lot to acknowledge and admit that things are piling up and to reach out, but it is worth it. I have enjoyed my time at university and the support from peers who are in the same boat as you is invaluable; even just a rant or moan can help!”
The University’s annual autumn Graduation Ceremonies will take place as planned from September 12-14 in the beautiful and historic Worcester Cathedral followed by celebration receptions at the City Campus. No Worcester graduates have been affected by the marking and assessment boycott.
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