New skills. New Purpose.
Getting to know Angela Nixon
Bachelor of Social Work
What inspired you to study social work?
I've worked in architectural design for most of my life. A couple of years ago a member of my family was diagnosed with dementia. I spent a lot of time caring for him and found myself really fascinated with the whole field. The idea of caring for people caught my passion.
How have you found the transition back to study?
I was a bit worried at first so I started with two papers, just to dip my toes in and see if I could cope. I really enjoyed it. Being able to study part-time is key for me because I still need to work to support myself. There’s a lot of flexibility in how you study at UC. You can use different facilities on campus like the library and you can also access resources from home for assignments or studying.
Have you found a lot of support at UC?
Absolutely. The lecturers are super accessible and do everything they can to help. The services in the library are amazing too. I’d never written an essay before, but at the Academic Skills Centre they teach you how to write. It's all free and accessible. That’s been a lifeline for me.
What are some of your favourite things about your classes?
Studying social work teaches you a lot of “life lessons”. It has opened up my mind and I can relate what we learn to everyday life. I'm also getting to meet a lot of people I wouldn't have normally associated with.
How are you finding being an older student?
Initially I was scared of being older. I remember the first day sitting in a lecture theatre of 400 young people and absolutely freaking out! But I did it. My age doesn't bother me now. Everybody’s so friendly and accepting. Age is not a barrier.
Do you feel like it’s been worth taking the leap?
Absolutely. I definitely recommend it. UC is flexible, so you can carry on with one career while you're picking up the next one. It's empowering to challenge yourself and come out the other end, doing well. I have a goal in life again and a newfound sense of purpose. What could be better than that!