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Scarlett Yoxall

Juggling motherhood and academia, Scarlett secured a future for herself and her daughter at London Met. She cherished the support from understanding lecturers and the community she found. For her, London is not just a faceless metropolis; it's a tight-knit tapestry woven with many fond memories, experiences, and the warmth of family.

"Media was something I always wanted to pursue, and I went to university to push my boundaries and my limits."

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"My biggest drive in life is Lily, my daughter. She is my biggest supporter. If it wasn't for her, I don't think I'd be in the position I am today."

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"A Londoner to me is someone who is friendly, who will go the extra mile if you need help. The amount of times I’ll be on a bus and end up in a conversation with someone I’ve never met before."

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Scarlett Yoxall

I grew up in North London, in Palmer's Green. You walk down the road and every two minutes you're saying hi to someone. It's such a friendly area. A Londoner to me is someone who is friendly, who will go the extra mile if you need help. The amount of times I’ll be on a bus and end up in a conversation with someone I’ve never met before.

Growing up in London was an adventure. There’s always something to do. My mom or my dad would say, where do you want to go today? We would hop on a train and go to the Science Museum, or walk down the road to Alexandra Palace and go ice skating.

I was very active as a child. I did a lot of dancing and singing, but my mind was always constantly going because I just wanted to absorb information. Media was something I always wanted to pursue, and I went to university to push my boundaries and my limits.

Being a single mum, when I was applying for university I couldn't go anywhere that was too far away. London Met was perfect. When I started, I discovered that it wasn't just for the convenience. It was more.

When I first started, I was very anxious. I was 21 at the time and being a single parent was quite daunting. The lecturers and everyone surrounding me was so caring and generous with their time and with their effort. I really felt more of part of a family rather than an educational institution.

There was so much variety within the course. It suited me cause it had all the different elements that I wanted to do.

To all the mums out there who are thinking of going back to education: do it. Your kids will understand that you're not only doing it for yourself, but also for their futures

I am currently working a marketing manager for a charity based in Brent. All the information I took from London Met has been applied to the job that I am doing. It gave me the confidence to reach my full potential and able to communicate what I want out of life

My biggest drive in life is Lily, my daughter. She is my biggest supporter. She was at my graduation wearing the cap screaming! If it wasn't for her, I don't actually think I'd be in the position I am today.

Being a mum is the most incredible thing in the world. To all the mums out there who are thinking of going back to education: do it. Your kids will understand that you're not only doing it for yourself, but also for their futures. Being a mum while at university was scary at times, and it was hard to split my time between university and my daughter. But after the first year, it definitely got easier. There were people on my course who were mums as well. It was nice that we weren't just always talking about course work.

My plan for the next five years is to own my own events company. I hope my legacy is that no matter what life throws at you and no matter what you are going through, that you can still get up every day and you still bring your best fight.

Scarlett sitting in a coffee shop

"The lecturers and everyone surrounding me was so caring and generous with their time and with their effort. I really felt more of part of a family rather than an educational institution."

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