How Michael over­came grief to grad­u­ate

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A SO­CIAL sciences stu­dent has over­come per­sonal loss, anx­i­ety and has bat­tled with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties to grad­u­ate from Edge Hill Univer­sity.

De­scribed as a “de­ter­mined char­ac­ter”, Michael Ben­nett has grad­u­ated from the univer­sity with a bach­e­lor of arts de­gree in early child­hood stud­ies.

Dur­ing his three years at Edge Hill, Michael over­came nu­mer­ous hur­dles to achieve his am­bi­tions and is now hop­ing to make a dif­fer­ence to the lives of strug­gling chil­dren.

“I want to make sure chil­dren are sup­ported through strug­gles in their life that they have no con­trol over,” ex­plained Michael.

“I had a lot of per­sonal dif­fi­cul­ties when go­ing through univer­sity my­self. I lost my dad just be­fore start­ing Edge Hill and I didn’t re­ally un­der­stand how to deal with the sit­u­a­tion. I started strug­gling with anx­i­ety and couldn’t fo­cus prop­erly, but with the sup­port of the well­be­ing team and tu­tors, I was able to push my­self and start feel­ing con­fi­dent.”

Michael, from Liver­pool, also had to over­come bar­ri­ers in the class­room due to learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties but thanked those around him for their mo­ti­va­tion.

“I found my­self ask­ing for help a lot, but Edge Hill has a great team that helps with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties. My friends from my course en­cour­aged me to keep go­ing and that I could do any­thing if I kept try­ing. I kept push­ing and tried my best never to give up,” he said. De­scrib­ing his com­mit­ment as “out­stand­ing”, Dr Julie Sealy, se­nior lec­turer in early years ed­u­ca­tion, was Michael’s per­sonal tu­tor and has watched him de­velop over the du­ra­tion of the pro­gramme.

“Michael did not al­low his dif­fi­cul­ties to pre­vent him from en­gag­ing with his peers and tu­tors and it has been in­spir­ing to watch him grow in con­fi­dence.

“Over the three years, Michael has over­come all of the ob­sta­cles that have chal­lenged his abil­ity to com­plete the pro­gramme through his de­ter­mi­na­tion, fu­elled by his com­mit­ment to his long-term goal of work­ing to sup­port chil­dren and fam­i­lies.”

As part of his learn­ing, Michael en­joyed a trip to Lon­don with fel­low stu­dents, where he had the op­por­tu­nity to learn about the devel­op­ment and treat­ment of chil­dren in the city.

Now, one step closer to his am­bi­tion, Michael plans to have a ca­reer as a fam­ily li­ai­son, safe­guard­ing of­fi­cer or play ther­a­pist.

Michael Ben­nett

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