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A Matter of Choice by Julie Simpson, Dena Michelli

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Daisy’s story

Our second storyteller, Daisy, describes her journey into higher education as a ‘late bloomer’. Daisy is a 33-year-old mother of a two-year-old boy. She is married to a landscape architect. Daisy left school without accolade and worked in a variety of jobs before going to Australia for a year. Her story focuses on how she redressed the educational imbalance by attaining an MA in Ancient History as a mature student.

I went to a big comprehensive school with around 2000 students, and I got lost amongst them. The teachers always seemed to be telling me that I wasn’t reaching my potential and my parents would get upset and frustrated because they knew I was intellectually capable, even though I wasn’t delivering. When I did my GCSEs, ...

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