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Gabriela Preteusi


BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Top-Up (London Campus)

Gabriela Preteusi came to the UK when her son was diagnosed with a sensory disability. The experience drove her to study for her Health and Social Care degree and ignited a passion in her to help her fellow students.

My son was diagnosed with a sensory disability and I was so inspired by the attitude he had to the whole situation. He didn’t let it upset him and instead, he completed courses in English and maths to make sure he could do well in society.

The experience left me with an understanding of what families go through when they get a long-term diagnosis like we did. I wanted to help people that were facing the same kinds of things that I had experienced. So I completed an HND in Health and Social Care and later applied to the University of Sunderland in London to top-up my degree to a full undergraduate honours.

From my very first day the staff were really supportive. They’ve given me so much guidance and helped me get involved in life here. The team helped me set up the Health and Wellbeing Society. We ran loads of activities and I felt like I was given the tools I needed to help my new community.

I’m looking forward to graduating and fulfilling my dreams. I dedicated my life to my son when I was younger. Now, I’m a very proud grandmother to two young children. It’s been a long journey and a life-changing experience. I’m pleased that what’s motivated me has become a source of inspiration for my children, grandchildren and, hopefully, fellow students at the University.

I’m so grateful to the University and the staff who have made a huge contribution to shaping my future and making it so bright.”

*Please note, this top-up course is only offered at our London campus

Published 26 June 2020

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