When Andrea completed an Agile Nation course it gave her the confidence to go on and fulfil her dream of graduating in law. During her studies she was awarded for her outstanding contribution and will soon complete an Applied Law and Criminology MA. Throughout she has also found time to run the Friendship Club for women with disabilities.
For the rest of my life, 2019 will always be a special year for me. I had been a mature student studying full time at Swansea University for the previous four years. After leaving school at 16 and becoming a mum, at the age of 49 years I had enrolled to study for an LLB Law degree.
It was my dream, but I had long believed it was destined to remain just that; I could not return to studies after 33 years, could I? – Why not? – there is no age limit to achieve your dreams! In July 2018 I graduated with an upper 2.1 (Hons) Law degree and I am the proudest woman on earth.
In April 2019 I received an email announcing I had been nominated for a Womenspire award, and initially I thought it was a joke. I had followed the awards for the previous three years, and I had read every story of previous winners. I never dreamed that I would ever actually be involved in the awards, although I had always wished I was.
Chwarae Teg is a very special and unique organisation, and it has special meaning for me. It was this organisation and the fantastic opportunities it offers women, that started me on my learning journey, and instilled in me the belief that I could achieve more for myself. The Agile Nation Leadership and Management course for women, provided me with the opportunity to evaluate my role in the workplace and through career development planning, it re-ignited my dream to study law.
On July 4th, 2019 I prepared for the Womenspire Awards held at St Fagans National Museum. I was unbelievably nervous and did not dare believe I could ever win it. I knew that just being part of this special occasion, celebrating phenomenal achievements of women from all walks of life, was an honour. I had told everyone and anyone that would listen that I had been nominated, and I had read the stories of the other three amazing finalists who had been shortlisted in my learner category. I had stiff competition, each of them would have been a worthy winner. I did not see how studying law, a subject I absolutely loved and was a pleasure to learn, compared to their achievements. Regardless of this I could not wait to get there and enjoy every single second of being part of this amazing event.