A MATURE student who gave up her full-time job to study at university says the rewards of graduating with first class honours are ‘second to none’.
Juliette Platts from Cheadle, discovered a passion for art while working as a cover supervisor at The Cheadle Academy.
The 41-year-old said: “I did art textiles and I thought ‘yes, art is what I want to do’.
“It took me a few years to get up the confidence being a mature student, but I did it.”
Juliette enrolled on the Art Foundation degree at Staffordshire University before progressing onto the BA (Hons) Fine Art course.
She added: “The course has opened me up, I’ve learned so much and the lecturers are just amazing.
“They are all industry professionals, so they are all exhibiting artists and are very knowledgeable.”
Juliette threw herself into the university experience, making friends of all ages and working as a student ambassador at Open Days and other events on campus.
She also took part in a week-long artist’s residency at the National Trust’s Ilam Hall in Ashbourne, creating artwork inspired by the park’s history and running family-friendly art workshops for visitors.
Juliette added: “Working as a practicing artist and with the public was really useful.
“It is vitally important to have that industry experience because it lets you explore what you could do after graduating.”
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