Posted on 12/11/2012
Carol Baker, a social work student who juggles her studies with several part-time jobs, has been nominated for a national competition.
The ‘Britain’s Most Deserving Student’ competition is run by Motors.co.uk and celebrates extraordinary achievements by students.
Carol was nominated by her partner Nigel Jones-Morris, who said: “She has worked incredibly hard for six years working towards a Masters Degree and qualifying as a Social Worker. She has done this while holding down several part-time jobs to help fund her education, and while having a severe knee problem that leaves her in constant pain.
“Despite this, she never complains and just keeps smiling. She works incredibly hard to achieve her goals and is focused on making a difference to peoples’ lives.”
Carol, who is a mature student, currently works for Woking Youth Centre, while also becoming a student ambassador and an e-learning mentor and promoting inclusion in higher education at residential summer schools. She believes that many young people lack the confidence and belief that they can go to university and need mentors to show them what they can achieve.
Indeed, it wasn’t until Carol reached her late twenties that she finally decided to apply to university in a bid to improve her future prospects. She said: “I wasn’t academic at school and it’s been a long journey. When I qualify I want to work in mental health with young people, as I know that is the time when they need support the most, both accessing services and making decisions about their future.”
The prize for winning the competition is a car worth £5,000 and £1,000 towards a student society of the winners’ choice.
“If I won the Britain’s Most Deserving Student competition I would be over the moon and would love to help out the ‘Students in Free Enterprise’ society,” Carol added. “I really believe in the promotion of economic opportunities in local communities and the differences they can make.”
Motors.co.uk will select a shortlist of 10 nominees on 26 November. Voting will then be opened to the public who will decide the winner.