New graduate Robbie shares advice for other young carers

Friday 14 June 2024

This year, our graduations have coincided with Carers’ Week, and we spoke to Robbie Gunn, who graduated on Thursday with an MA in Modern History, about their experience balancing studies with caring responsibilities.

“I was a young carer and an access student through the Gateway to Arts programme. My first challenge as a student was finding a balance between my care responsibilities and academic work. I made sure to communicate with my tutors so that they knew my situation and they were all so kind and provided me with additional extensions when needed.

“My advice to other care-giving students or prospective students is keep in communication with your tutors! If you’re shy, ask Student Services to inform them of your situation, they will always be understanding and willing to help, they’re here to help you succeed! 

“Additionally, always look for scholarships that you might be eligible for, it’ll help reduce your already high stress levels. I would also advise building as many relationships as you can through university societies, some of these friendships will likely last the rest of your life and will be there to support you when your care responsibilities get too much for you.

“This graduation week I feel relieved and, for the first time, I understand what it’s like to be proud of myself. I wish I could tell my 16-year-old self that it does get better. I never would have imagined I’d make so many meaningful friendships that would take me out of my small town and inspire me to build a life alongside a found family.”

Congratulations to Robbie, and all the best for your future – Robbie is beginning a career in Cultural Venues Operations at Stirling Castle.

The University offers a range of support to help young carers, from the application process right through to graduation and beyond.

Issued by the University of St Andrews Communications Office.

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