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Caroline Mendes da Costa
BSc Mathematics and Statistics

"My experience of Birkbeck was wonderful.

I started my degree at Kings College London, which was full time. However, I also needed to work while I studied and found this too much. Somebody recommended Birkbeck to me.  I hadn't realised that there was anywhere that you could study part time.  I went to see Andrew [Bowler] to talk about my situation, and how I could proceed.  I was able to transfer over the units I'd taken at Kings.  Right from the start I knew that I felt comfortable at Birkbeck.

All the staff were incredibly supportive and understood that the students had other commitments as well as studying.  It was also useful to be with students who were in the same, or similar, position to me - working and studying.  There was a really diverse mix of students in each class, with a whole range of experiences, which definitely enhanced the group discussions.

 I graduated in 2004 with a 2.1, and I was absolutely thrilled.  There had been a point, before coming to Birkbeck, where I really didn't think it would be possible for me to get my degree.

I enjoyed my time there so much that I went back and took a full time MSc in Innovation Management and Technology Policy.  I graduated in October with a Merit.

I can honestly say that going to Birkbeck turned my life around, I don't think I would have completed my degree otherwise".