Alumni blog: Reaching my potential thanks to Ruskin
16th September 2019
Anna Buckingham graduated with 1st class honours from the Community Development & Youth Work BA (Hons) programme and went on to open a Bilingual Early Childhood Centre in New Zealand.
My time at Ruskin was really challenging and not always comfortable. But I really wanted to learn what the tutors offered. When I felt my own resistance I tried even harder to understand. Then I got the most out of the teaching and the time.
I had to put in 100% for the 4 years. Because I put in a 100% is has been a landmark period of my life. I had to consider my own values and think about new frameworks in my practice. I learnt to become purposeful and act with intention.
When I started Ruskin I had a number of years of work experience in different environments but my reading and writing affected my confidence and prevented me from moving further forward.
I found the first year tough getting into the swing of assignments but following that I started to build a little bit of confidence and I enjoyed the challenge. I particularly liked group work because the tutors were robust and the conversations enabled me to develop my practice on a whole new level.
Ruskin gave me frameworks to understand the world. It helped me understand my own role and a community work style that supports people in an authentic way.
It has enabled me the confidence to take on jobs were I had to design and lead in both practices and paperwork. My time at Ruskin has enabled me to reach my personal potential operating ethically within complex work places to a high professional standard.