Student Profile: Rebecca, University of East Anglia
We've funded hundreds of nurses across the UK already, Rebecca is one of them. It's great to see how passionate Rebecca is about her profession. A profession that is so important for our society. Find out more about Rebecca and how we helped her finance her studies.
I was born in the USA, but we moved around (I’m from a military family). I ended up moving out of the parental home when I was 17 in order to pursue a photography course. I did a year of this and then joined the Royal Navy. This is how I moved back to England from Scotland. I left the Navy to study Nursing in 2013.
How did you find out about Future Finance?
I found Future Finance through a Google search, I was looking for further funding because the bursary (NHS) was only £450 a month. This did not even cover rent let alone placement travel costs and outlays. I chose future finance because it was a more sensible solution to what I needed, and the flexibility with repayments was exactly what I wanted.
What did you like about Future Finance?
Future Finance customer service is excellent, I really can’t praise it enough. It is really personal and they work with you to sort out any issues you may have (It really helped me when I was a student!). Future finance is unique because it is a sensible lender, and doesn’t try to take advantage of students by charging mega interest!
How did you choose your university?
I decided to apply for five universities (Brighton, Bournemouth, York, Nottingham and UEA), I chose UEA as it was the third best for Nursing in the UK at the time. I also used to live in Norfolk and decided I would feel comfortable going back…It turned out to be the right decision, as I left uni with a first! Thats not to say that the course was not demanding. In fact, since qualifying, I have spoken to numerous other student nurses from other universities and have realised UEA make their students do a lot more than others would. This was stressful at times (and I can’t lie, sometimes I entertained the idea of leaving) but I can tell how good a nurse it has made me.
What advice would you give to people that are thinking of starting a nursing course?
Anyone who wants to study nursing should really want to do it. It is not a course that a person can go into half heartedly. It is demanding, but so rewarding and I would recommend it to anyone who has a passion for caring for others. I love my job as an ophthalmic theatre nurse, I am learning so much every day and every patient is different. It is lovely to help give the gift of sight and I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t managed to secure a loan from FF, I think I may have had to quit the course if it wasn’t for that.
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