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Carmen Rose-Locke, of Wood Green, secures nursing place at Kings College London
An aspiring nurse whose troubled childhood saw her living on the streets is celebrating after securing a place at a top university.
Carmen Rose-Locke, of Wood Green, struggled throughout her teenage years but has since been offered a place at Kings College London in true underdog fashion.
From a young age the 20-year-old dreamed of becoming a midwife as teenager she dropped out of school, ran away from home and eventually put herself in care.
She returned to her family after four months but had to battle to be allowed back into school to take her GCSEs.
Ms Rose-Locke went on to sixth form but struggled with her studies and failed her exams.
Despite being depressed, anxious and feeling like she was going nowhere, she still dreamt of becoming a midwife and applied for an access course at the City and Islington College.
The 20-year-old said: “I almost didn’t make it onto the course, but I was so happy when I was given the opportunity.
“I was finally studying science, a subject I love and have always been very passionate about.
“Plus, I was, at long last, making some real headway towards my dream.”
Ms Rose-Locke was rejected from five universities until King's College London invited her to a selection day for the Adult Nursing course.
She added: “Life has been tough and despite being stuck in a rut I was determined to prove to myself, my family and my peers that I could do this.
“I worked 26 hours a week often finishing at night and starting college at 9am to support myself during the course.
“And there were so many times I wanted to give up or had felt I was certainly going to fail.”
After the university course she wants to gain valuable experience as a nurse before taking an 18 month course in midwifery.
In the future the 20-year-old wants to specialise in bereavement midwifery.
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