Care leaver Jocie sets her sights on a career in the police service (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Care leaver Jocie sets her sights on a career in the police service
5:18pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A TEENAGER who spent eight years in foster care is enjoying her first few weeks at university as she follows her ambitions of becoming a detective.
Jocie (correct) Appleyard, from Darlington, overcame an unsettled period in her life to pass her exams and win a place at Teesside University.
The 18-year-old is studying criminology at university and aiming to show fellow foster care leavers that the future can be bright with the right support.
She said: “I think university life is pretty good. It’s different and not what I expected it to be – it’s actually a lot better and the course is really interesting.
“I have learned lots of new stuff and I’ve really settled into uni life and made some new friends.
“I hope after my three years to possibly do a master’s degree in criminology. Ultimately I want to become a detective.”
Jocie had a lot of support from her foster carers Chris and Jayne Watkins leading up to her exam success and university place.
Mrs Watkins said she and her husband were extremely proud of what Jocie had achieved.
She said: “We are really proud of what she has achieved; she is a very determined young lady. It was a pleasure to have her living with us.
“We have a wonderful son and if we’d had a daughter, Jocie is what we would have wanted her to be like.
“We’ve been to visit her and keep in touch frequently; she is still finding her feet as it’s a big change but that’s normal for anyone starting university, I think.”
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