How I found my vocation: ‘After prison, studying made me feel normal’

I thought I’d blown any hope of having a normal life, but going to uni gave me a second chance

When I was 18, I was convicted of a violent crime. It happened after a mental breakdown and it was the first time I’d ever been in trouble with the police. In total, I spent 18 months in custody.

Before that, I had been studying for A-levels in chemistry, history and philosophy. I’d always been academic and loved history, and I suppose I thought I’d end up studying a humanities subject. Instead I felt like I was never going to have a normal life anymore, because I’d blown my chance.

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