Tell us your name? Michelle Schlichter

What are your pronouns? She/Her

What course do you study, and what year are you? 3rd year Criminology student

Tell us your story.

One of the factors that brought me to Winchester, was the universities commitment to make sure all the students, regardless of their abilities, have the best possible educational and social experience. When I was choosing a university, I visited a few but Winchester was the only place where I, from the very beginning, felt comfortable and assured that my dyspraxia wouldn't be detrimental to my comprehensive experience.

My school years were not easy and somewhat traumatic. Before my GCSE's my teachers even told my mother that for me it would be better to consider a future outside university. I never had the chance to reach and show the school my potential and thus, had to rely on tutors to get me through my GCSE's and A-levels. Winchester was the first place in my life where I realised that my dyspraxia is by no means a detrimental factor.

Over the last two and a half years, I grew in confidence as well as my academic abilities in terms of expressing my thoughts in writing, and learning research techniques which grew to such an extent that I am now confidently applying to master degrees.

It is very difficult to choose a single experience which I am most grateful for so I would say, that every opportunity which was offered to me increased my potential and confidence. I would finally like to emphasise that this would not have been possible if my lecturers were not so encouraging and supportive. And of course, one of the main things apart from the skills Winchester gave me, was the friends I have made for life.