We’re so proud of our class of 2022. They’ve overcome enormous challenges, helped others, grasped opportunities, and developed their skills, showing their Essex Spirit in so many ways. And they’ve done all of this during a global pandemic when life – and student life – changed beyond recognition. Here, we’re taking the opportunity to share some of their stories.
Tue 12 Jul 22
Poor mental health can make university life difficult, but for Jorge Ruano Perez, overcoming his personal challenges is something to be proud of.
Jorge, from the Department of Sociology, is graduating with a BA Social Anthropology with Human Rights.
During the first half of his last year, he struggled with mental health issues and was grateful for the support from a counsellor.
“I struggled with ill mental health and was given help through Validium and a university-based counsellor,” he said. “The counsellor was very helpful”.
Thanks to the counselling, Jorge was able to carry on, through difficult circumstances, and complete the degree he'd been drawn to because it offered the opportunity to study his biggest interests in one course in an inclusive environment.
“I am deeply intrigued by the way in which social structures are formed and operate on the macro and individual level, particularly in regard to how they impact people’s access to the exercise of their rights,” he said. “Essex offered this degree intersecting the two spheres.”
Jorge is grateful for the people he has met during his time at Essex and for the connections he made with teachers and fellow students.
One of his most memorable experiences is when he performed with fellow students in rock band, Aquilea. COVID-19 disrupted their plans at times, and put a stop to many gigs, but he is grateful for the times they were able to perform together.
“Performing with Aquilea both on and off campus brought me countless joyful experiences,” he said.
Jorge, who wants to pursue a career in anthropological research, summed up his Essex experience simply: “I am proud of myself for finishing my degree.”