Homeless student completed university degree despite having to sleep at school
An inspiring Liverpool student managed to secure a degree from the University of Liverpool despite being homeless during her school studies.
Sarah Brundson, 29, was homeless as a teenager and without stability and or a quiet home environment, she would often sleep at school to get her rest.
Sarah told the Liverpool Echo: "I lost my home after a family breakdown when I was 15. I sofa surfed with a lot of older friends so I kind of flew under the radar a little bit."
Her school noticed that Sarah's living arrangements were not stable and got her help, which saw her placed in the Powerhouse Liverpool for just over 12 months.
The Powerhouse Liverpool, according to its website, provides a "temporary, supported accommodation for young people aged between 16 and 21".
Sarah has now worked with the Powerhouse since graduating, saying: "We had a lot of meetings there, that was strange but it was also an empowering feeling returning there as a professional to support the people that were living there."
Sarah managed to get an A*, five As and four Bs at GCSE – but was disappointed at getting an A in English Language due to her living conditions.
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She said: "I'd rough slept the night before my English Language exam, so I was absolutely exhausted and I forgot to turn over the paper.
"It was a two sided paper, at the end of the exam one of my friends came over to me and went 'why didn't you turn the page over and do the last section?'.
"I was horrified. I was just like 'what last section?'"
Sarah lived in numerous placements during her A levels and was luckily able to secure help with a flat before moving into student accommodation as she had managed to land herself a place on an English course at the University of Liverpool.
She said: "It was going to uni that lifted me out of homelessness."
Sarah is also involved with a charity, LifeLines, where people become pen-pals to people on death row in America.
She is now fundraising to be able to complete a second masters degree. A fundraiser for Sarah's education costs can be found here.
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