I left CH in 2003 and continued directly on to university and completed a BSc Geology in 2006. I wanted to continue with education and took a Masters in Engineering Geology. I saved as much money as I could and was helped a little by my mother, but half way through the course it was evident that I would be struggling to continue.
An Old Blue reminded me of the BSB, so I contacted them, explained my predicament and put in a loan application. Within two weeks I was granted a £1000 interest free loan. Not only did this allow me to meet my commitments for the remainder of the course, but it prevented me worrying about them and enabled me to focus on the exams and final project to obtain my Masters. I achieved a top grade and was immediately offered a position with a huge engineering firm. The BSB suggested that I settle in to the work environment for a few months prior to paying back the loan and they informed me that the repayments could be as fast or slow as I needed.
The BSB were very supportive of my needs and gave me the means to achieve my goal at the start of my career. I would recommend anyone in a similar situation to get in contact with the BSB as they are there to genuinely help Old Blues.
I am currently working alongside world leading geologists and geomorphologists mapping landslides in Turkey; something which I thoroughly enjoy and did not expect to be part of at such an early stage in my career.