A student graduating from the University of Worcester today has offered words of advice to anyone struggling with their mental health.
Victoria George graduates with a First Class Honours degree in Human Biology.
“It is possible to achieve a First Class degree with struggles,” said the 24-year-old. “Don’t give up on your dreams and keep fighting to the end.”
Victoria, from Bromsgrove, had originally moved away to start university in the north of England but started suffering with her mental health.
“I didn’t get on well with my flat mates and it got worse so I had to drop out,” she said. “I needed to go back home, but I wanted to carry on with my studies. So I looked at the University of Worcester and it was the best decision I made.
“The lecturers were always understanding, they had an open door policy so you could just turn up if you were feeling upset or needed advice.”
During her second year of study, Victoria was awarded a prize for achieving the highest grade in one of her modules. She is now studying on the University of Worcester’s MSc Physician Associate programme and hopes to work as a Physician Associate in a GP surgery when she completes.
“The Human Biology course taught me the skills I need to work in a laboratory or in research and helped me to grow as a person,” she said.
“I’d like to add that, your tutors are your friends and if I didn’t have my tutors I wouldn’t be in the position I am today. If you are worried about a mental illness and coming to university, choose a university with a lot of face to face sessions, which is smaller and has tutors who have an open door policy. Just because many students can live away from home doesn’t mean it’s right for everybody.”