I came to the Foundation Year as a 43 year old musician following an obsessive passion for literature I discovered in my mid 30s. Before that my entire existence revolved around music only, so much so that I dropped out of high school at 16. I didn’t know what to expect from the Foundation Year but I quickly saw, that I had to learn how to be and think like a student.
The classroom experience was more enjoyable than I would have imagined. I had assumed, as a mature student (twenty years older than some of the students!), I would feel somewhat isolated but, to my constant surprise, I felt very much part of the social aspect: friendships were formed quite quickly which also served as a study support network.
The biggest takeaway for me was that I saw I was capable of academic work. The course gave me the skills I needed for the literature degree I went on to do afterwards but, possibly equally important, gave me the confidence and self belief to do it.
I have completed my English and Comparative Literature degree. The experience, of which my Foundation Year was a crucial part, has been profound.
Elia finished his BA in with a first-class degree in 2020