''I started my degree in Education and Special Educational Needs at Holy Cross College 3 years ago. For many years I worked as a teaching assistant and felt that a university education would be beyond me, that I would not belong in the large halls and faceless seminars of a large campus. Then I discovered Holy Cross College and all of that changed. I found Holy Cross to provide a close knit and hugely supportive educational network, that allowed me to balance my job, raising two young children with a University education. It was hard work, and I entered with low expectations of myself, but with the nurturing provided by the various tutors, I have come out with a 1st class honours degree, and have also achieved an award for my performance. My next steps will be to use my degree award to gain formal teaching qualifications and to put my degree to practice. None of this would have been possible had I not attended the open day just over 3 years ago!''