At Treloar school, my favourite subject was Art and it became apparent to me through doing an Art and Design course that focused on Graphic Design at Treloar college, that I wanted to do a degree at University in Graphic Design. When applying for Universities, I knew I wanted to stay close to home, as I enjoyed going home at weekends and it meant I could still use my season ticket for Portsmouth Football Club. The two Universities close to me were Portsmouth University and Solent University in Southampton. Even though my first choice was Portsmouth, which I, unfortunately, did not get in to, I believe some things happen for a reason and Solent University was an amazing place for me.
I attended Solent University for six years, the first four studying a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design and the last two years studying a Masters in Visual Communication. Solent University enabled me to develop my design skills into a Graphic Designer, while their excellent High- Performance Academy for sport gave me the resources to continue developing the Boccia Athlete in me. One of the biggest factors that attracted me to Solent University was the Graphic Design course was industry-based, making the course more practical, which suited me perfectly.
University was a big step for me, as I had gone from Treloar College, where everything was given to you in terms of physical support in day to day living and specialist services such as Physiotherapists, to University where all of a sudden I was employing my own Personal Assistants and having to source my own specialists for jobs, such as who would fix my wheelchair if it broke.