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Sylwia Szymczyk

BA (Hons) Childhood Studies

Before coming to Sunderland, Sylwia worked in the casino industry and decided she wanted to make a positive difference in children's lives.

I chose to study at the University of Sunderland because I wanted to further my career and Sunderland offered the course that I was interested in. I wanted to gain the knowledge and qualifications that would allow me to fulfil my aspirations of becoming a professional whose work could make a positive difference in children’s lives. Before starting University I was living in London and working in the casino industry, coming to university has given me the chance to open many doors in the near future.

One of the best aspects of the Childhood Studies course is the variation in the different modules that are undertaken. The first year gives you the wide variety and a broad understanding of the world that children live in. By the time you reach your second year, you will have developed personal interests that you want to pursue academically. This becomes possible as you are able to select specific module strands in the area you are most interested in, which I thought was a great part of the course.

I would definitely recommend the University of Sunderland to other students who look to better themselves at higher or further education. The advice that I could offer to future students would be to take all the available support from lecturers if you feel that you need it. They are really there for you and want you to do well in your studies.

My future aims involve working with vulnerable and disadvantaged children who require help and support to be able to lead a happy life and reach their full potential. My main areas of interest are around the mental health of children and this is the route that I am looking forward to undertaking.

In my final year, I fell pregnant. When I told this to my course leader he ensured me that if I needed any support such as extra time to complete my work or additional time off they would offer their help and be flexible in regards to my circumstances. This was very reassuring to know that support would be there if I ever needed it, especially taking into consideration that it was my final year. It was not just when I was pregnant that I experienced this support and I found lecturers were very supportive throughout my whole time at the University and were always willing to offer additional help if needed.

There is also the opportunity to rent equipment such as a laptop from the university for free which you are able to use on the campus and even take home with you for a few days.

The University of Sunderland is a fantastic university with a wide range of support in place and very, very, nice lecturers.

Published 26 March 2018

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