Since Matthew can remember he has always had a strong passion for cars and video games.

From the day that he discovered his first racing game, he was hooked. Fast forward 15 years and Matthew has found a way of combining both his love of cars and gaming by studying Games Art at Falmouth University.

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“Over the course of the last couple of years, I’ve tried to figure out where I could go in terms of my love for racing - I love cars to death! If you like racing games you should definitely look into it, no matter what side of it you want to go into. Education for me at the moment has proven invaluable, I think it can really help to improve you as a person overall.”

The three-year course Matthew is currently studying is the first of its kind at Falmouth University. It develops industry program skills, digital painting and ends with students creating and showcasing their very own game.

“Education for me at the moment has proven invaluable, I think it can really help to improve you as a person overall.”

Matthew has always found it important to follow his dreams and for him, higher education was the best way for him to achieve them. However finding the right path wasn’t always clear.

“Where I come from, a lot of kids don’t have the opportunity to go to uni and I hope that what I’ve done will inspire at least someone to give it a go. I believe that every young person should get an education!”

Matthew studied a Level 3 Art and Design course at West Lancashire College, which reinvigorated his passion for art and gaming and encouraged him to continue his studies at Falmouth University.

“Going back into education allowed me to see gaming art from an educational view rather than just a career view, which was so helpful to me in terms of guiding my studies. However, there is no rush around education, you should take your time and figure out the best route for you. Never pressure yourself or let anyone else pressure you into college or uni.”

Despite being a major turning point in his life, higher education for Mathew has not always been plain sailing. One of the most challenging aspects in terms of getting an education was the financial side of things. Matthew was provided with a maintenance loan and a student grant from SFE but it wasn’t enough to cover all his costs.

“In first and second year, it was just enough. I’m an independent student so I had to fill out a lot more paperwork. I think what people don’t understand is that a lot of students fall into a grey area where unique personal circumstances are involved. Students who fall into unique circumstances could do with slightly more help as it’s not a one-size-fits-all scenario.

“A lot of people are probably put off going into higher education due to the loans and tuition fees. It would be great if there were more options and clearer ways of students know exactly how to get there.”

“My loan has put my mind at ease and allowed me to continue developing the projects and passions that I love!”

Matthew was looking over his budget and realised that with just his government funding alone he couldn’t afford to go to university. This is when his flatmate told him about Future Finance and Matthew applied for a private loan to help support him and his studies.

“I use the Future Finance loan as a safety net in case anything goes awry - it covers rent, travel and equipment such as a new laptop. Luckily with my Future Finance loan I can afford a new laptop, which means I can continue and improve in my realm of study.

“Without Future Finance I wouldn’t have had the short-term financial security to be able to continue on my course. My loan has put my mind at ease and allowed me to continue developing the projects and passions that I love!”

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