Hi, my name is Teresia Nyambura Kimotho. I am currently a second year student at Staffordshire University taking BSc in Forensic science. Getting to this university and pursuing this course had been a dream for as long as I can remember. The journey to this began in Nakuru, a small town in Kenya where I was born and raised. My parents, two sisters and a brother all describe me as persistent and a dreamer. When I was a child, I kept speaking of how I would grow up, study in a fancy private school in the country or even study abroad! They were all so encouraging every time I spoke of this despite their constant worry that I was dreaming too big. See, I was born in a home with an average income. My mum was a secondary school teacher and my dad a civil servant. They never had much, but they provided for the needs of the family as best they could. They managed to educate all 4 of us through primary school, secondary school and even university.
I have always had a passion, drive and desire for learning. My curious mind always wanted to not only know but understand why things are the way they are. This trait made me particularly interested in the sciences despite the culture of girls in Kenya being discouraged against sciences by being told that they were subjects for the boys. That careers like engineering, pharmacists, chemists, doctors were reserved for boys and girls should focus on ‘easier’ subjects like literature and home science and careers in those lines. I loved the sciences and they seemed to love me back based on the results I got in my primary and secondary education. Even now while in university, my interest in the sciences keeps growing with every learning session I have with my lecturers.
I enjoy every bit of being able to study in the UK. The quality of education and the qualifications for the lecturers is so impressive. The balance between theoretic and practical sessions including an actual crime house here at Staffordshire University is remarkable! Some days are easier than others. Days I get to be in the lab and conduct experiments, make observations and draw conclusions from the results are among the easier and fun ones. Other days can be a little harder. Days that leave me feeling overwhelmed by assignments that I end up being indoors for days getting them done in order to meet deadlines! Days that I remember I am miles from home, that I haven’t seen my family for almost two years and having to face a whole pandemic alone in a foreign country.
Despite all that, I wouldn’t change any of it for the world because of the fulfilment I get from the learning and the knowledge that many Kenyans would give everything to get the kind of quality education that I am currently receiving. Attached is a copy of my first year results, which may not be exceptional to everyone but am so proud of myself for them. I have attached the results as proof of my dedication to my studies and even as I type this, I am giving my best to achieve another overall first class score in my 2nd year just like my 1st year.
Congratulations, you have passed all the modules you have taken to date, details of which are provided below.
Student Name: Teresia Nyambura Kimotho
Student Reference Number: 17030229
School: School of Law, Policing and Forensics
Award Level: 5
Current Programme of Study: BSc (Hons) Forensic Science
Study Mode: Full Time
Study Site: Stoke Campus
1.FORE40270: CRIME SCENE DOCUMENTATION- 65/100
2.FORE40244: CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES FOR FORENSIC SCIENCE- 82/100
3.BIOL40450: BIOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES FOR FORENSIC SCIENCES- 77/100
4.FORE40257: FACIAL RECOGNITION: SCIENTIFIC AND INVESTIGATIVE TOOLS: 70/100
5. FORE40253: INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE- 75/100
Overall mark : 73.8/100
I will be completing my second year by the end of May 2021 and begin summer break in which I have to come up with £12500 worth of 3rd year tuition fee by September 2021. Realistically, this would be impossible without some kind of support. I am a hardworking 25 year old with a part time job that by constant savings and by some form of miracle, has been able to help me sort out my second year tuition fee arrears with the university. I have also applied to numerous scholarships available for international students in the UK, those available to minority groups and even those for mature students but have been unsuccessful each time. I had so much hope in getting the Blackheart scholarship but I wasn’t lucky enough to be picked for that either.
I love studying, being in university, living my dream, hoping for a future that would allow me help my ageing parents back in Kenya. My dad retired 2 years ago, just before I flew to the UK. He gave his all to get my 1st year tuition fee. My mum became the sole provider for the home and even she will retire next year. Being able to tell them that they need not worry about my 3rd year tuition fee would be the best news I could give them.
I appeal to you, whoever is reading this, all I want is to keep studying and get to graduate with a degree in Forensic science. To use my skills to give answers to questions asked daily by families of crime victims. To aid the court in coming to a fair and just verdict in criminal or civil proceedings.
The international tuition fee at Staffordshire University for my course is £12500 and that’s all I am appealing for. I don’t need extra cash for allowance, rent, utilities or anything else because I will keep working at my part time job so that I can take care of the day to day expenses.
As an international student on a tier 4 visa, I am only permitted to work a maximum of 20 hours a week and also not eligible for student finance. This limits me to a particular income and very limited sources of financial aid. I would greatly appreciate whatever help you could spare for me to complete my studies.
Thank you so much for your time. Wish you nothing but the very best in your dreams, which I encourage you to go after and attain. Remember to be you, to be true, to be kind and to make yourself proud!
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