Freya, who is graduating with a BA Sociology, chose Essex to be close to home, after her father was diagnosed with cancer. The decision meant she was able to spend time with him before he died early in her final year.
When she knew her father’s illness was terminal, at the end of her second year, Freya worked hard to get ahead: “The prognosis had prepared me for the situation which allowed me to give myself a head start in regard to collecting, reading and analysing literature for my literature review over the summer,” she said.
However, it proved hard to keep up with lectures after she took two weeks off to grieve and spend time with her family.
Freya’s Dad was all the inspiration she needed: “My dad was always so supportive of my studies and was always really proud of my achievements so I knew that he would not want me to give up being so close to the finish line.”