Inspiring mother progresses to university after education return

24 June 2015

Mackayla Forde worked in retail management before deciding she wanted to pursue a career in public health.

She said: “I had already given up my job in order to study, and as a single parent I had to make it work. King’s College London referred me to City and Islington. The 24+ loan, bursary and child care support really helped to ease my anxiety.

“I just thought it was amazing to be able to get a loan to study and potentially make it to university."

“I come from a tough background and I would be only the second person in my family to go to university.”

“I come from a tough background and I would be only the second person in my family to go to university.”

Asked what her advice would be to other mothers wanting to return to education, she said: “Go for it. You have nothing to lose and you will surprise yourself when you realise what can be achieved.

“I’m doing it for my son and I have found the experience very empowering and a wonderful journey of self-discovery, learning my strengths and weaknesses along the way.

“I'm really glad I decided to go back to study, and couldn't have done so without the 24+ loan”.

After completing the Medicine and Medical Biosciences - Access to Higher Education Diploma at City and Islington's Centre for Applied Sciences in Angel,  Mackayla plans to study a BA in Public Health and Health Promotion at the University of East London.

If Mackayla finishes her degree she will not have to pay a penny back of her Government funded 24+ loan.

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