I never imagined myself as the type of person who would go to university; I was bullied at school so lacked confidence, and the idea of being away from home was terrifying.
I decided to try it anyway, and I’m sure my mum will remember when we first arrived, in a panicked state, I said I’d changed my mind and wanted to go home!
I’m glad I stayed as it completely changed my life. I still use the skills and knowledge I gained from university in my personal and professional life today.
Not only did university support me in achieving academically, but through becoming a student rep, it helped me to build my communication skills and confidence. As a result of this new-found confidence, I decided to travel. I completed a tour of Europe initially (including Iceland, Norway, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and many more) and after gaining travel experience, I toured Japan by myself.
People often ask me the most memorable part of travelling and I have to say it was in Japan when they quite literally let me 'pick up a penguin'.
I don’t think that shy girl would recognise me now. I’m a completely different person. I’d like to say a massive thank you to ARU for changing my life.
Billie Jade Baker studied BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology at ARU. Interested in following in her footsteps? We have spaces available for September 2021: browse our Clearing vacancies and apply online today.