Julia’s story: “My life was turned around, I cannot thank you enough”

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Law student Julia
Third year Law student, Julia

Through the Student Fund, we ensure that students of every background can come to Liverpool and make the most of their time here – so they can go out into the world and make a difference. From providing emergency grants in times of unexpected financial hardship to bursaries that ensure income doesn’t affect opportunity, your support is changing lives. Law student Julia, previously spoke about the impact of support during her first and second years of study. Now in her final year, she reflects on this support and the difference it has made to her life.

“This is the final year of my degree, so it has been a bit stressful. However, it feels like a completely different year from the ones before. It feels easier as I can focus on my academic responsibilities, and work responsibilities while managing my mental health and sometimes I even find a bit of time to go out. I can balance all of these as I am not worrying about rent costs and my living costs due to massive help from University.”

Speaking of the struggles students face today, Julia said: “The cost of living crisis is difficult for everyone, but as a student, I can see other students struggle. I have overheard multiple conversations about rising rents, cancellations of plans with friends due to lack of funds and prices going up. Some of my friends, who have to pay the bills have decided not to heat their apartments. Some of my international friends had a huge dilemma if they could continue their studies due to the high prices of rent. We are all in crisis right now, inflation is high, jobs are harder to find, and life is harder to fund.

To the people who have already supported the campaign, I cannot thank you enough. My life was turned around and I have had more opportunities. These opportunities made me feel more confident. The support from the University made me feel part of a bigger community which gave me a sense of belonging, which has made me who I am today. Belonging gave me the strength to persevere, and as a Law Society president said – it let me PUSH (Persevere Until Something Happens) harder and my hunger for success even bigger.”

After graduation, Julia plans to begin a Master's in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. She said: “I am really looking forward to it as it would open more doors. I hope to become Legal Technologist in the future, but before applying there I want to be sure that Technology is something I want to do.  I also want to undertake this Master's to be able to learn coding to know how to develop my company.”

More and more students are facing a cost of living crisis. We need to support as many as we can, as quickly as possible. And we cannot do it without your help. If you would like to find out how you can support students in need, please visit our Student Fund webpage.