Tara’s story

Tara Higby (BSc Psychology, age 44)

For any mature student thinking of embarking on this journey I would say to you that life in general is a rich tapestry of experience, if you want the opportunity to study enough then it’s hard work, rewarding and it is yours for the taking.
Tara Higby (BSc Psychology)

I am in my second year at University studying Psychology and what a journey!  Having worked in HR and Recruitment for over 15 years and completed a post graduate qualification, I had always longed to study psychology and made a decision in 2009 to work part-time and was successful in my application to the University of Chester. To be honest I had never really given much thought at first to being a mature student, for me it was what I wanted to do and I remained focused on that alone.

However, when I attended the open days and welcome sessions I saw the broad mix of people and met other mature students and third years who were fabulous, and have been a valuable source of knowledge, encouragement and fun during my time here. I have met some wonderful people of all ages and have never seen my age as a barrier for mixing with others. I have a huge amount of respect for many of the students on my course and ultimately it’s about respect for everyone (we are all in the same boat).

For any mature student thinking of embarking on this journey I would say to you that life in general is a rich tapestry of experience, if you want the opportunity to study enough then it’s hard work, rewarding and it is yours for the taking. The University of Chester has high standards and high expectations for all students and will provide the education, guidance and support – the rest is up to you. Good luck!