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Megan Johnson

South Shields, UK

BA (Hons) Childhood Studies

MA Childhood and Youth Studies

Megan Johnson knew she’d always wanted to go to university, but never thought herself capable, until encouragement from her family inspired her to apply for the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies at Sunderland. She enjoyed her time on the course so much that she then enrolled onto the MA Childhood and Youth Studies and hopes to become a play therapist when she graduates.

Before coming to university, I was working as a home carer. I’d always wanted to go to uni, but I never thought I’d be clever enough. It wasn’t until my cousin convinced me to give it a go that I decided to apply. I chose the University of Sunderland as I’d had some friends who’d studied here, and I’d only heard great things about it. I’d also researched other universities in the area, and I thought Sunderland sounded like the best fit for me.

I enjoyed so much about the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies course, especially the modules around child development. I liked that the course gave a good overview of everything – it covered all aspects of childhood. The friends I’ve made during my time here has been one of my favourite parts too.

I graduated from my BA with a 2:1 last year, and enrolled onto the MA Childhood and Youth Studies course, working alongside my studying. My final goal once I’ve completed my master’s degree is to become a play therapist, which would mean working in a type of therapy where children use play as a means of understanding and expressing their thoughts and feelings.

To anyone considering studying for a degree at the University of Sunderland, I’d say the library will be your best friend, and you can never read enough – use all the resources offered! Also, don’t be afraid to ask your lecturers questions. I can’t count the number of times I sat worried and struggling with something that ended up being a quick fix once I’d spoken to them. They’re all really approachable and only want you to do your best, so never be scared to speak up when you’re not sure about something.

To sum up my experience so far would be to say that it’s fun, but definitely hard at times. Having people around you who are in the same situation helps when you’re struggling. I wish I’d had the confidence to apply sooner!”

Published 30 January 2024

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