Studying in the UK with a four-year-old

planeIn her second year of study at La Trobe, 26-year-old Tara is excited about the opportunity to travel overseas and give her son a taste of a different culture.

‘This will be the first time Dylan and I have been on a plane. I’m nervous but looking forward to sharing my travel and study experiences with my son, I feel more comfortable about the trip knowing he will be right by my side,’ Tara says.

Tara received help from La Trobe and Lancaster University when setting up accommodation, child care and finances for her exchange which takes place from October to December. Although she says the trip is taking her out of her comfort zone, Tara looks forward to the chance to meet new people and allow herself and Dylan to grow.

‘Many people helped me realise this study exchange along the way but for the most part I put this together on my own, which was difficult at times but it will benefit my son and I greatly,’ she says.

Tara says that she wouldn’t have gone on exchange if her son wasn’t able to accompany her.

‘I inquired online to study at Lancaster but didn’t really pursue it until I found out it was ok for me to take my son. I couldn’t do it without him,’ she says.

Tara began studying at La Trobe as a mature-age student and chose the Albury-Wodonga campus because it was local and they offered her a pathway to study psychology.

The full-time student is used to juggling multiple tasks when Dylan is around. Between attending lectures, tutorials and managing time for studying, Dylan has only added to her passion to excel in her course.

‘He has helped me get through the long hours of study and make all my lectures, I want to have a career to take care of him the best way I can, he is my motivation. It’s difficult at times but I like the challenge.

‘I’ve promised him I will take him to LEGOLAND when we get to England for putting up with my dedication to study, he deserves it and I think I do too,’ Tara says.

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