Michael

What's your top tip for other student parents?

Work out your childcare so that you can attend some social functions and be involved with your course. It helps you become part of the year and less of an outsider.

Why did you choose to go to university?

To get qualified in a new profession for better employment prospects.

What are the best bits of university life?

Fresh new challenges and meeting lots of new people.

What have been the biggest challenges?

Integrating myself into the year and not being seen as an outsider due to not living in Leeds, my age and also being married with a child.

How do you cope with money?

I am careful with what I spend and I also use the full student loan entitlement. I also do not buy anything I cannot afford.

What do you wish you had known before you started?

That there is more support, both financially and personally, available to student parents if you look/ask for it.

How do you juggle your responsibilities?

I have to make sure I plan ahead and have made it clear to the students that I work with that I cannot always work at short notice. They have been very helpful in accepting and working within that restriction.

Where will you be in 10 years time?

A qualified dentist, maybe working part time.

What are your top money management tips?

Do not buy stuff you don't need, can't afford. There are always ways around costs if you think laterally. Try not to have a job in term times, if possible, as with family commitments and university work you will burn yourself out very quickly.

Name:
Michael
Age:
35
Course:
Dentistry
University:
Leeds University
Year of study:
1st
Lives:
With wife and 4-year-old daughter