Working from home in the realms of E Learning, Zoom conferencing, sending work home and setting deadlines via email, has made me very reminiscent of when I completed my Masters back in 2012 at Cambridge University. My Masters, in Educational Research, was completed long distance alongside teaching full time. I never really talk about my Masters or my time at Cambridge, (unless you talk to my family who love an opportunity to mention it) in truth I never told most of my colleagues or friends at the time. This was partly due to the fear that I might not have actually been able to do it (I had been out of formal education for 5 years). So, this is how I became a graduate with First Class Honours from Cambridge University.
Ever since my A Levels I wanted to study at Cambridge University. I felt too young at 18 to move so far from home, Homerton (for my PGCE) just didn’t feel quite right (I went to Durham University instead) so when I started to consider my Masters, Cambridge was my one and only choice. The problem was they only offered long distance, part time Masters in Education to alumni of the University. After emailing the course directly, a small ray of hope was ignited that this might change in future years. And it did. Roughly two years later, after supporting a student with her UCAS form, I once again felt the pangs to learn and challenge myself, so I had another look at their website. Starting in September that year, Cambridge were going to pilot a Masters course open to non-Cambridge graduates. Without hesitation I began writing my third personal statement and after a very useful bit of advice to add a piece of scholarly research into my application, my statement was ready to be sent off. Within a few weeks I was invited for an interview, booked my hotel, authorised leave from work, researched every possible question and prepared all my answers (I never did a pilot interview with anyone though as I find them so cringy!) I was ready.
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