I'm Kyira, and I'm currently in my second year of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). It has been a passion of mine that has been instilled in me since choosing my GCSEs and even before that when looking after younger family members!
Coming to university was the best decision I made for myself; especially as I was the first in my family to get into and love university life. I enjoyed all aspects of university life: the nightlife, making amazing friends, my eye-opening placements, getting my first job through Freshers' Fair and pushing myself to make the most out of growing as a person.
This semester for my placement, I chose a children’s ward in a hospital - this was my biggest placement of 120 hours so I was excited to learn and develop but on my second day in, I was sent home because of Covid-19. I was sad about not being able to continue and soon after, lockdown hit, and online lectures and support were put in place. Thankfully, assignments were adjusted to meet our needs.
However, being stuck at home, not being able to see tutors, friends and being immersed in that student life proved difficult to me. I have never been tech-savvy and so when my assignments could not be hand done, I had spent nearly every day, for hours, doing assignments, observations and audits to ensure it had been completed by the deadline. I was never good at motivating myself before, so being stuck in has its benefits!
The isolation affected my mental health; I would breakdown nearly every time I even thought of my laptop and assignments. Friends, tutors and family would support me, and the constant reassurance helped to snap me out of the vicious cycle of not taking a breather from work. I completed my poster assignment, despite feeling so stuck, with such pride and it has certainly helped me realise that it’s not been the easiest, but I certainly need to believe in myself more.
Being a student can be lonely sometimes; specifically now, but by having a support network, a goal in mind (small or big), snacks, music 24/7 and that belief in yourself - it has certainly shown me that nothing stands in the way of my degree! University has proven how supportive and encouraging our community of students are, even across year groups and courses!
After I graduate, I hope to be in a job that I love. I have yet to decide what that is, but I am mostly intrigued in working in a hospital as a Play Specialist - this would require further study, but I will figure this out over my final years at University.