Daughter’s support led to Mum’s graduation

Release Date: 31 October 2016

Raw ambition and sheer willpower led to one student overcoming not one but two obstacles on the road to D&A College graduation ceremony in the Caird Hall on Friday, Oct 28.

Ann Donoghue (picture: Ron Cathro)

After 10 years working behind a counter, single mum Anna Donoghue decided that she could achieve more and, on leaving work one afternoon, sought out D&A College.

“Despite never believing I could have a second chance at education and feeling quite a bit underprepared, I took the plunge and enrolled on NC social sciences,” explained Anna.

“I was in my forties with a 12-year-old daughter and I had just packed in my job – still not sure if I was brave or just plain crazy.”

Having overcome the fear factor Anna progressed on to the Advanced Certificate in social care when disaster stuck.

“I was preparing for my end-of year assessments when a chronic back problem suddenly flared up and left me bed-ridden for six weeks,” said the Dundee resident.

“Not only was I ill but I was frustrated and hated having to rely on my daughter, Alana, who was a real angel.”

On her recovery Anna got straight back to her studies and achieved HNC social care which secured a place on a degree course at university and an ambition pursue a career with the criminal justice service.

“It felt like a risk to leave a full-time job and go back to study but sometimes we have to take the bull by the horns and be brave.

“I was lucky, Alana, who is now 15 was so supportive and never moaned once about any sacrifices we made, and D&A staff were also amazing – their support is something that I will never forget.”