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Georgia Cartwright

Law - LLB (Hons)

Georgia dreams of being a top lawyer. Having to balance her university life with providing regular care for her disabled mother isn’t easy, but supporting her family is the driving source behind Georgia’s success.  As the first in her family to go on to higher education she has always wanted to dedicate her life to giving a voice to those who need to be heard. She feels that BCU has allowed her to flourish and grow as a person.  Despite her busy schedule, Georgia is on track for a first class degree having achieved the highest grades in her year group.

“I am the first in my immediate family to go to university and I am the only one in my family who has pursued a career in law. I have always wanted to go to uni, especially one close to home due to family circumstances. My mum is disabled and in a wheelchair, so she relies heavily on me every day whilst my dad is working and my brother is attending college.

I normally get up between 4:30am and 5am most mornings, even on weekends, so I can get as much of my work done as possible before everyone wakes up. When I was applying to university I obviously needed to be able to commute to and from campus easily as well as being able to feel comfortable and get any support I would need in terms of my timetable.

I originally wanted to be a primary school teacher but then I studied Law at College and instantly fell in love with the subject. Although I would like to have a career in legal practice I’ve got a strong desire to pursue a PhD in law and perhaps even work at BCU in the future, giving students opportunities like some of those I have had.

As part of my placement work I volunteer and help people of all ages with various legal issues including evictions, divorces, child arrangement orders and non-molestation orders. I even sit in court with them. It’s a great feeling knowing that you have helped someone get the justice they deserve and to get their voice heard.

Due to my family circumstances, it is very difficult to find time for myself, as I work hard to look after my Mother and to also push myself to ensure that I achieve the best grades. I have one goal which is pushing me through university… to get a good job, not for the money (for myself) but so that I can afford to pay for the best possible treatment to help my Mother in whatever way and to ensure my parents and little brother are looked after for life. I know that’s an awful lot of pressure on myself, but I know my desire to help my family is my driving force and encouragement to keep going.

To me I AM BCU means I am a part of a family, a family where we are given the opportunities to build and develop but also have fun at the same time. It is another part of my identity which makes me who I am and has allowed me to grow and flourish. I feel that if I had not have come to BCU I wouldn’t have met some of my closest friends, amazing lecturers and I know for a fact I wouldn’t have been given half as many opportunities.”