Celebrating student mums at London Met – An interview with Elise

In the run-up to Mother's Day 2019 we wanted to celebrate some of the student mums we have studying at London Met. In the first interview, we speak to mum-of-six, Elise Bokuli.

We spoke to Advertising, Marketing Communications and Public Relations student, Elise Bokuli, about what it’s like being a mother and a student at the same time.

How do you juggle being both a mother and a student?

I've tried to utilise all of the help I have around me: family and my mum. They help with dropping off at school and picking up. I also have older children so I get them to pitch in and help the younger ones with homework.

What is your proudest moment at university so far?

My proudest moment is not quitting. I have six children in total, five of those live at home. Whatever issues they have, mum still needs to be there. But, I’m still here and I haven’t left uni!

What advice would you give to mothers who are about to start university?

It’s quite difficult to give advice because everybody’s household and life is different. The most important thing is to seek help when you need it. Don't struggle in silence and don't think that you have to do it alone. Use friends, families or whoever is around you that can give you support. Speak to lecturers regularly too. Also, if there is one thing London Met has taught me it's that planning is the most important thing.

Can you sum up your university experience in one word?

That's one that I've been thinking about and summing it up in one word is not something that I'm able to do. Two words? Yes. It's been life changing. It's been a life-changing experience.

This interview was carried out by our student social media team. 

"The most important thing is to seek help when you need it. Don't struggle in silence and don't think that you have to do it alone."

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