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Student Profiles

The Trust has made awards to over forty two deserving students from the Merseyside region since it was set up in 2003. Here’s more about what these students did with their awards, and what it meant to them:

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Can I begin by expressing my absolute gratitude to all associated with the John Moran Trust, I believe what you do greatly increases the student’s chances of success at University and certainly takes a lot of weight off the shoulders. I am still over the moon that I was chosen for the award and also proud that the trustees had faith in me.

Before I started University I attended Gateacre Comprehensive School for five years and a further two years in 6th form.  I initially had no plans to advance from 6th  form to University, as I honestly believed I wasn’t smart enough or shaped for the responsibilities.  But after speaking with those close to me: family, friends and certain teachers from Gateacre, I began to believe you can do anything if you put your mind to it.  From early January I got stuck in to my studies to earn the UCAS points required for my course of Multimedia systems at LJMU.

During my time in 6th form I had a fair bit of trouble at home.  My mum leaving Liverpool resulted in me having to leave home to live with my aunt whilst my dad and younger sister had to move into a hostel, to mention just a part of it.  I was also struggling with money, as I was now financially independent and earning a part time salary as a barman. In spite of the personal troubles around me, with strong determination and motivation from friends and my dad in particular, I carried on pushing for the points I needed.

It was during an assembly in sixth form that I learned about the John Moran Trust.  After the assembly I was reluctant to follow up the application, thinking I had no chance, but I found myself outside the Year Head’s office. I explained my situation and he replied he thought I had a strong chance and told me to give it a shot.

After sending my application and a letter to the Trust I received a reply telling me they wished to meet me in person, which I was now absolutely terrified about.

At the meeting I stood outside the room door for what seemed like eight hours.  I eventually managed to take a deep breath and walk in to meet the trustees and I was amazed at how relaxed I now was.  I honestly didn’t even need to glance down towards my prepared speech.  I was just honest and open with the trustees and I received the same reception back. I left the meeting with a strong sense of happiness and pride.

Later that night I received a ‘phone call to inform me that the trustees had decided to award me £1000 per year for the duration of my time at LJMU and also, since I was going to buy a computer if I succeeded, they had decided to pay for a computer for me to the value of £800.  My auntie said my permanent smile was making my face wider.  Of course I would only receive the award if I gained the points in sixth form. My will to succeed was as high as ever and I often found myself staying behind to do that extra bit of work, often into the late evening.

When the results came through the post I opened the envelope to find I had gained the points by a mile. I was officially the first member of my family to go to Uni.

I’m now 3 months into the course and I’m finding it both difficult and interesting. I revel in challenges though and I know if I keep on giving it my best I will get rewards. Best bit of advice I could give is to stay focused.  Making new friends is easy – two words – Fresher's Week!

Can I finish by saying thanks again to the trustees. The money has come in very useful so far, paying for my books and computer equipment and generally getting through the day.  I won’t forget what the trust has done for me.

I have recently started my second year at university having earned enough credits at level 1 to continue. I had a fairly surprising year at LJMU, in respect of the huge change to lifestyle, the newfound financial responsibilities and the pressures of staying personally motivated.  Although I struggled at first  to adjust to the teaching methods used at university I have learned that you can’t rely on a teacher to teach you new skills, you must learn for yourself.

I had six, year long modules in my first year, all with a number of coursework assignments and/or exams to complete with all results making up a final grade for that module.  I passed four out of the six modules having struggled in one particular area of my Multimedia course, the Programming Languages Section.  I enjoyed a lot of these modules especially the group coursework assignments as I got to compare skills with others and to meet new friends.

This year I have to re-take the two modules I failed at Level I coupled with the two new modules.  Although this sounds difficult I have every confidence I will do well as I believe I will use the mistakes I made last year as a learning opportunity.  I have plans to join the cross-country team and maybe go on a trip or two organised by the Student Union as I think I should have given the whole ‘student life’ part of university more chance last year.  At the moment I have no immediate coursework or exam, instead we are concentrating on sorting out our placements for next year as we all go on work experience in 2007 to learn Multimedia skills in the industry. I have recently completed and handed in my C.V. I am looking forward to this year and all the possibilities.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the Trustees at the John Moran Trust not only for the financial aid they provided me with in my first year but also for the constant motivation I received via email. The advice lifted my spirits and gave me a welcome shove in the right direction. Thank you to all associated with the Trust..

Sadly because of varied pressures and difficulties this student has taken the decision to leave university. 

It is difficult to know what to write following leaving university back in January.  At the moment I have two jobs.  I still have my barman work on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and I am a binman during the week working 6a.m. – 3.30p.m.  I still do have ambitions in writing and literature and I still intend to go back to university but at the minute I am trying to earn enough money to be comfortable if I go back to university and to repay some of my debts both educational and personal. To put a date on when I re apply I should say maybe 2008.  Personally I think I have learned a lot over the past six months.  It has been really hard coping with leaving university and I had to deal with self belief issues and things related to that but once I’m comfortable with my finances and home life I will be ready to tackle university again.

My advice to any student would be to ensure that you are completely happy with your choice of course.  If you think you are, do a little more research, read what current students and graduates on the course say, find out if they enjoyed it and what problems they encountered, then look at similar courses and find out if they have more benefit than your original course.  I cannot stress enough how important it is to do your research because once you enrol that is it and it is very complicated to change and get back on track.

I would also say prepare yourself mentally.  Don’t think it’s all parties and meeting new friends.  Use play as a reward for your hard work.  It is very different to senior school in the sense that at times you feel you are quite alone with your work and your problems and a teacher won’t always be there to help you.

On a personal note can I just thank the Trust for a final time for showing faith in me prior to the course and during it.  The advice I received was very motivating.  My friends are telling me to get back to university but I have my own plan in my head and I intend to stick to it.