What's your top tip for other student parents?

Get your funding and childcare facility booked as early as you can. Ask as many questions as you need to and find out discretionary payments available from the university.

Why did you choose to go to university?

To fulfil my ambition to become a nurse and secure a better future for myself and my children.

What are the best bits of university life?

For me, it's learning and realising my full potential. My confidence has grown with my achievements and you do meet great people who usually become your friends.

What have been the biggest challenges?

Juggling being a mum, student, homemaker, breadwinner, dedicating 5 days a week to practice placement whilst having more than a few essays to do and giving up my hobbies.

How do you cope with money?

As a lone parent I get a little more than the average single student, although the nursing course is gruelling leaving no time for a part time job to bring a little extra in.

What do you wish you had known before you started?

More of the course content and a more detailed timetable.

How do you juggle your responsibilities?

I try to be more organised, less selfish, I save my pennies and I always put aside quality time for my children and treat us to a special activity if they have behaved!

Where will you be in 10 years time?

Hopefully on a exotic beach which I have deserved after my busy hectic life as a staff nurse. But most of all I will be in a worthwhile exciting job.

What are your top money management tips?

Save for Christmas NOW!  I pay money every month for high street vouchers. They are invaluable to me. Use to save yourself money on everything and shop at Tesco because you get Clubcard points that you can exchange for days out to theme parks and other treats for the family.

Nursing Diploma
University of the West of Scotland
Year of study:
With 18-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son