Courses: FdSc Law with Criminology and Criminal Justice & LLB (Hons) Law
Hometown: St Austell
With the dream of becoming a solicitor, mum of two Mia was encouraged to progress onto a university course by her lecturers during her Cilex law and practice course at Truro College. Higher Education wasn’t in Mia’s immediate plan, but when doing some research she found that she could do the University of Plymouth Degree without having to travel, which meant she could stay and study in Cornwall straight after her level 3 qualification.
Mia said: “With two children, I was looking to stay local, and Truro was the only place in Cornwall that offered the course I wanted to study, I would have had to travel to Plymouth otherwise.”
“I had a couple of the same lecturers throughout my whole experience at Truro, and that has been so lovely, they have been absolutely amazing and been supporting me over the years and they were there waiting for me to open my results, still cheering me on.”
“When I was doing my level 3 course, I wasn’t thinking of Higher Education, but it was the lecturers that I had then that encouraged me and helped with the application process, and I still saw them studying my Uni course.”
“My advice to anyone thinking about doing a course would be to come in and have a chat with the lecturers, Everyone is friendly and approachable, they can help you figure out the best path for you.”
“Getting the results and seeing the hard work all come together has been my highlight. There has also a great team of people, we have all been able to help each other, it’s been a tough few years but we have done it and got to this point.”
Mia also encouraged husband Daniel to return to education as he joined her at the University Centre to study BA (Hons) Business, Enterprise and Leadership. She said: “It’s been tough with both myself and my husband studying degrees at the University Centre and trying to balance home life, we have a complex special needs child who requires full time care, so with both me and Dan studying, we have had to really balance home life and studying, so its been really hard especially with exams, but we did it, we managed and both got really good marks, I’m proud of both of us.”
Mia has been shortlisted for a scholarship with the Law Society and after a well deserved summer break with her family, will continue her studies with a LPC Masters with the University of Law in September.