• Mature student profiles - Health and Nutrition students

The best way to find out what it’s like as a Health and Nutrition mature student is to ask some mature students. So that’s what we’ve done. Below are experiences and top tips from TSR members who have returned to or entered Higher Education at a later stage in life. If you have your own questions about what life is like as a mature student visit our mature student forum and post up a new thread you’re sure to get a helpful and swift response.

TSR Username: Roodie

Age: 35

Studying: Full time, Nutrition & Dietetics at Chester University

Reasons for returning back to education as a mature student?

Never tried hard at school and ended up in a job I despised, for little money and no recognition. Wanted a career I felt was more worthwhile, caring and science-related. After researching for ages I really felt I’d discovered a job that was perfect for me - a dietician. But it took me over three years of planning to get on to the degree course.

How are you funding yourself?

As it's a Health Professional course the lovely NHS pay my course fees, give me a bursary and pay 85% of my son’s nursery costs.

Where do you live?

North Wales, about 12 miles from Uni, so it's easy to travel in.

What were you doing before?

I went to art college ended up as a retail graphic designer for a “frozen food supermarket”. I was so bored sat at my desk day in, day out. Sales figures, marketing targets.....zzzzz.........I felt I wasn't using my brain at all, and personally thought that people's health and well-being was more important than the shallow world of retail.

Did you need to refresh your study skills (essay writing etc.)? If so how did you do it?

I did an access course, which was fantastic and really prepared me for uni.

Challenges with being a mature student?

Juggling family life and housework with a lot of study is very hard. You need to be so organised and manage your time well.

Best bits about being a mature student?

It’s fantastic studying and actually enjoying what you are learning. If my 16-year old self could see me now, I wouldn’t believe I could be such a swot! In the library all hours, working hard. Pub? No chance! (Can’t afford it anyway!)

How do you find being older than most students?

Not a problem at all, the youngies are very friendly on my course.

What I hope to gain?

On graduating I’ll be a State Registered Dietician. I hope to have a great career as a specialist, with deserved recognition, and a varied and interesting job. But at the end of the day I would just love a job I enjoy. A half decent salary would do too ;)

How do your children/husband/wife find you being a student (if applicable)?

Partner and family very proud. Some friends don’t seem to be that interested though...

Any tips for other people contemplating becoming a mature student?

Go for it – you will always regret it if you don’t try. In the words of George Eliot: “It’s never too late to be what you should have been”


TSR Username: pinknurse21

Age: 21

Studying: Access to health profession's Part Time

Reasons for returning back to education as a mature student?

had time out of education due to caring for my daughter. feel that now is the best time to get it done.

How are you funding yourself?

I didn’t have to pay for my course besides enrolment fee! its only 1 day a week so not much funding.

What were you doing before?

stay at home mum

How do you find being older than most students?

I go to a college were there are loads of young people but i look around the same age as them so i just blend in. in my class there are loads of older people so i still feel young!

What I hope to gain?

to be successful on my course an then to go onto uni

How do your children/husband/wife find you being a student (if applicable)?

very very supportive. my little girl was upset that i had to leave her:(

Any tips for other people contemplating becoming a mature student?

Go for it anything is possibly!!! :)

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