I remember week four 2012 and sitting down in the library to attempt my first assignment. I felt absolutely overwhelmed and the tears started to emerge. I envied the CAO students because so many had friends from school or met new friends in their student accommodation. I felt so alone and questioned whether I was confident enough to continue. I just wanted to drive home to the comfort and safety of my own home and family.
Being a Joint Honours student made it even harder to get too know other mature students as there are so many different subjects.I through myself in at the deep end and became class rep, attending Student Union meetings, hoping I would learn more about how everything works. Once I found my feet and started to figure how things work, I knew UL needed a mature student society, so future mature students could relate to other mature student.
While there is a Mature Students Office, which is very helpful, it is run by the University, so it’s not as easy to approach about certain issues. I contacted the Students Union and wa met by a lot of red tape which I have to go through to set up the society. I contacted other University’s with society’s already in place and to their astonishment could not believe UL did not have one and offered to help in anyway they could in the future.
At this stage I was coming to the end of 2012-2013 academic year and so I decided to hold a petition outside the library and received 120 signatures in one day.
During the summer I was then asked by the University to speak to the new mature students on their open day, which was pretty nerve wrecking, but I got it done.
This week we are holding a meeting to vote in a committee and hopefully if we get enough numbers, we might have a society for academic year 2014-2015.