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New Students' Guild Vice-President gets tattoo in honour of Glyndŵr University

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July 29 2015

A graduate who battled with depression and discovered she had multiple learning differences while studying has had a tattoo in tribute to Glyndŵr University after crediting the institution with saving her life.

Emily Karim says she was “battling her own demons” following a family bereavement before she joined the Wrexham university four years ago.

The 23-year-old, from Oswestry, completed a degree in psychology last year and has just been appointed Vice-President of Glyndŵr University Students’ Guild.

And to mark the achievement she has had a tattoo made up of the university’s colourful brand stripes.

It features a background colour which represents Glyndŵr, the words ‘keep calm and carry on’ in Welsh, and a blacked out dragon, representing two staff members who Emily says saved her life on numerous occasions, giving her the strength and knowledge to carry on.

Emily said: “I want people to see how proud I am to be a Glyndŵr University graduate. I’ve had mental health issues since I was little, then when I started studying at university I found out I had dyslexia, Irlen Syndrome, dyspraxia, mild Asperger syndrome, intrinsic speech impairment and auditory perception impairment. This helped to explain why I was struggling so much, but I was determined to get through it.

“The amount of support I had from everyone here from course tutors to learning support was fantastic and I can’t thank them enough.

“Coming to Glyndŵr University was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. I am not ashamed to say that without Glyndŵr and its wonderful staff and students, I would not be alive today to share my story.”

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Emily will begin studying for a masters degree in psychology from September alongside her role as Vice-President of the Guild.

The position comes with responsibility for taking care of all aspects of student life at Glyndŵr University, including sport, health, access to facilities and providing a voice for students internally.

Emily has been influential in organising the first major event of the year, Fresher’s Week, in conjunction with the Guild team.

This year’s line-up includes Scouting for Girls, Marcus Collins, Stooshie, Kloe and Radio 1 DJ Aled Haydn Jones.

Comedy hypnotist Ian Dee is also appearing, with DJ nights, a fun fair on campus and many more activities completing the itinerary of events.

“My main aim is to make the student experience the best it can possibly be,” added Emily, who has also worked as a student ambassador, psychology society secretary and clubs and societies officer during her time at Glyndŵr University.

“Most students only get one shot at university so I want to make sure it’s a positive and memorable one for them. I love Glyndŵr, what its stands for and how every student that comes here is counted.”

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