SiobhanWhat's your top tip for other student parents?

Every time it gets tough, look at your kids and remember why you're doing it.

Why did you choose to go to university?

To better myself, enable a better quality of life and also to stimulate and occupy my own mind. It is as much for my daughters' benefit as it is for my own fulfilment.

What are the best bits of university life?

Participation in society activities, making friends and receiving a good grade back when you've worked hard!

What have been the biggest challenges?

Lack of sleep at times when work had to be completed - it's fair to say working well under pressure is a bonus!

How do you cope with money?

I accepted that to return to my studies, I would have to sacrifice something and for me it was a large percentage of my social life which has the added bonus of helping to save money. When it comes to money, like anything else, I prioritise and remain organised.

What do you wish you had known before you started?

That I should have gone back into education sooner!

How do you juggle your responsibilities?

I have a lot of help from my family who are amazing. Childcare is the biggest hurdle but if you get that covered, you are halfway there.

Where will you be in 10 years time?

A barrister practising criminal and family law, fingers crossed!

What are your top money management tips?

Live within your means - you KNOW if you can or cannot afford something. The student loan seems hefty when you see the amount in the bank, but remember - it has to last you around four months until you get your next instalment. Bear in mind that after a few years, you can go out and spend if you work hard now.

LLb Law
Birmingham City University
Year of study:
with daughter, aged 2½