When I started the programme BA Applied Social Community Development and Youth Work as a mature student, I was worried I would find the academic reading and writing challenging, due to being out of education for over 7/8 years.
Prior to applying to the programme I had worked in youth work for over 10 years in various environments.
I found the content of the programme instantly gave me the understanding of theory and practice that surprisingly I was able to apply to my own life as well as the communities and young people I had supported through my practice.
I loved my time at Goldsmiths on my programme as well as the diversity of students that attend Goldsmith as well. Lasting friendships I have made with my cohort as well as students from other disciplines created in social events, library, gym, green areas and PAL programme.
The staff at reception, student services, library, student union and lectures/tutors on my programmes where all very professional but also very personable and supportive throughout. Not forgetting the security from in the 24hr library service.
I went on to study PG Child and Young Person Psychological Wellbeing Practice. Currently, I work for the NHS within CAMHS. I particularly value my ability to hold in mind YW National Occupational Standards in my therapeutic work with children, young people and parents when supporting them with their mental wellbeing. My youth and community background continues you to serve me well with transferable skills in my current role as a Child Wellbeing Practitioner.
Being a mature student I would encourage anyone considering applying to study at Goldsmiths to study.... you won't be disappointed. No matter your age.
One of the best things about Goldsmiths is its location, travel links are fantastic and all your lectures are on one site.
My first day at Goldsmiths in the Professor Stuart Hall building felt like being in Hogwarts, lots of staircases, but I quickly got used to it.