Student finds escape from injustice through education13 August 2015
Brandy Mongoy is celebrating gaining a place at the University of Sheffield after overcoming tragic circumstances to succeed.
Brandy grew up in East Ham. Life was tough as her parents went through phases of being together and apart and she often was forced to break up domestic violence. Her only release from chaos at home was education.
“Brandy has shown incredible determination and character."
Just before taking her AS Level exams at City and Islington’s Sixth Form College in Angel her father committed suicide in the home she was living in. Brandy had to move into her auntie’s home who has six young children.
“It was very stressful and traumatic”, she said. “Growing up I was surrounded by arguments and I saw the police more often than a child should. Education was my escape. I honestly would not have got where I am now if it was not for the counsellor who I met with twice a week at the Sixth Form College.
“Where I was living it was impossible to concentrate and I had a real fear of failure which made my anxiety levels go up and up. Speaking to counsellors at the College, my teachers and my faith kept me sane.”
Crucially, Brandy was not afraid to ask for help and the College understood her circumstances and gave her the time she needed to complete her work while still keeping her focused.
After finishing her A Levels in English Literature, History and Psychology, Brandy now has an offer to study a LLB (Hons) in Criminology and Law at Sheffield University.
She said: “I have loved studying Psychology and my ambition for the future is to become a barrister. Due to my childhood, I am passionate about justice and my teachers have fuelled my drive to use my skills to make a safer and fairer society. I am so happy and excited to receive my results!"
Peter Murray, Director of City and Islington’s Sixth Form College, said: “Brandy has shown incredible determination and character to overcome these traumatic events and make it to a Russell Group university. At City and Islington College we are committed to supporting all of our students, no matter what their circumstances, through thick and thin. We are very proud of Brandy and wish her the very best in the future as she continues to achieve her ambitions.”
Brandy is the first person in her family to make it to university.
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