Jade’s aim­ing for de­gree suc­cess

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DED­I­CATED care leaver Jade Cooper is ready to em­bark on a crim­i­nol­ogy and so­ci­ol­ogy de­gree after grad­u­at­ing from Edge Hill’s Fas­track course.

Jade, who is orig­i­nally from Lon­don but moved to Liver­pool when she was 11, has al­ways wanted to be able to go to univer­sity to achieve her goal of be­com­ing a crim­i­nal psy­chol­o­gist, but this was put on hold be­cause of poor grades.

“The Fas­track course gave me the abil­ity not only to ease back into ed­u­ca­tion after a long time, but it has given me the ex­pe­ri­ence needed to start my de­gree at Edge Hill and has given me a taster of what’s to come,” said Jade.

“I faced many chal­leng­ing times dur­ing Fas­track.

“I suf­fer with de­pres­sion and there were times where I just wanted to give up as I didn’t think I could so it, but Edge Hill and my men­tors helped me over­come this.”

Jade’s leav­ing care worker in­tro­duced her to the Sheila Kay Fund, which pro­vides in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice to young peo­ple who have been in care, where she re­ceives guid­ance and sup­port.

“I was very iso­lated and had no fam­ily sup­port, so I needed a good sup­port sys­tem be­hind me,” said Jade.

“I was given a men­tor who has helped me so much by un­der­stand­ing my life and me, and they never judged.”

Jade’s men­tor is Edge Hill’s Ann Kennedy, se­nior ac­cess, ad­vice & guid­ance of­fi­cer for Fas­track.

She said: “When I first met Jade it was ob­vi­ous that she had a huge heart and a de­sire to help peo­ple.

“How­ever she wasn’t sure in which di­rec­tion to take this.

“After much dis­cus­sion and thought Jade came to the con­clu­sion that it was the in­jus­tices in life that she wanted to work against and sup­port peo­ple through.

“She ex­plored a num­ber of de­gree pro­gres­sion options be­fore set­tling for crim­i­nol­ogy. Dur­ing the 6 week pro­gramme I have been very proud to ob­serve Jades devel­op­ment.

“Her con­fi­dence has grown and she is now able to fo­cus her de­ter­mi­na­tion in to a sub­ject she is pas­sion­ate about.”

Re­gard­less of the chal­lenges Jade has faced, she still has big plans for the fu­ture. After com­plet­ing her crim­i­nol­ogy and so­ci­ol­ogy de­gree at edge hill, she hopes to work to­wards a qual­i­fi­ca­tion in psy­chol­ogy.

“I’m also a mother so I want to set an ex­am­ple for my daugh­ter so she knows that you can achieve any­thing if you just stay fo­cused, work hard and be­lieve in yourself,” she said.

Jade Cooper is to em­bark on a crim­i­nol­ogy and so­ci­ol­ogy de­gree

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