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“When I first heard about the ‘What They Don’t Tell You About University’ event I did not hesitate in agreeing to be involved and was not disappointed. The evening was well attended and the content was delivered in a way which both connected with and entertained its audience, which was key given the wide range of concerns young people can have about accessing higher education today.
All credit must go to Crystal and her team for putting on the event and I look forward to supporting it again in the future.”

Ben Rutter, Student Loans Company

“Tuition fees have risen, therefore it is essential for young people to go to university knowing what to expect and how to get the most for their money. This book covers the essentials in a clear, coherent and practical way. If you’re thinking about whether or not to go to university or want an understanding of how it all works then this short, yet informative guide is for you. I’ve read it and think it is brilliant, what a great idea. Crystal is definitely one to watch.”

Rebecca Palmer, Greater London Authority, City Hall

“Crystal was interviewed as part of the College of Law’s unique Employability Programme offered as part its new LLB programme. Crystal’s contribution will, combined with other contributors, provide prospective law graduates advice that will undoubtedly set them apart from other candidates into the employment and recruitment process. The College of Law was very grateful for the time, effort and insight that Crystal was able to provide.”

James Catchpole, Practice Head at The College of Law

“The workshop got everyone thinking and learning about university. Everyone got involved!”

Workshop Participant, DLA Piper City Law Firm PRIME Work Experience Week

“We invited Crystal to hold a university preparation session for our young people. This session was highly insightful – even for the returning student. As a result of the session both returning and first time students felt a lot more confident about their univeristy experience. I am grateful that she came and spoke at our forum.”

Mark Kaliisa, New Wine Youth

“There is a saying that if you fail to prepare then you are preparing to fail. This book gives every student the opportunity to get a head start and is everything a student needs to prepare themselves for success in education. A must read and certainly a recommendation of mine.”

Kunlé Oyedeji, Director of Life Solutions



“A really good book! I received it this morning and I found it helpful as I was worrying about coping with my workload.”

Rebecca, Fresher and Twitter Follower

“Having previously read her book, I knew this experience was sure to impact me in a positive way. Crystal’s workshop helped me to identify areas within my life which needed resolving, in order for me to progress. Her sound wisdom and advice left me feeling encouraged, and I walked away knowing I could make anything happen with perseverance.”

Claire Anakwah-Poh, Anchor W.I.S.E workshop participant

“This book helped to calm my nerves and acts as a helpful guideline.”

Alan Omogbai, Fresher

“The book is clear, succinct, and very to the point. Students need this book as one can quickly find vital information about university life”.

Esther Adeyi, Fresher

“The book is really helpful, especially the advice about the study techniques. I have got a better idea of how to tackle my subject despite having completed one degree.”

Jason Rowe, Postgraduate Student

“I think it is generally assumed that once someone has completed their first year at university, they automatically have had enough experience to deal with an issues they might face in the second, third and subsequent years. Many people also think that they have irrevocably learnt from their mistakes. What I appreciated in Crystal’s session is that she gave insight into issues I had already experienced, from a completely novel perspective. I also took away pointers that I intend to use in my next year to ensure that it is even more successful than the first.

Thank you Crystal!”

Adjoa Abekah – Mensah, 1st Year Law Student

“I am 18 and employed. I would definitely buy this book if I went to university as it seems very helpful.”

Peer Outreach Worker, Children and Young Persons’ Unit

“I found the student comments bit very good and the charity / sponsors bit useful. Also, I think it was about the right length for students- the sort of thing that they could flick through when choosing university. I was incredibly impressed that you had a book published whilst simultaneously doing everything else and I am sure you are on your way to great things!”
Ben Grant, Trainee Solicitor

“The book was accurate and certainly helped me to go about my first year! The timetable template was what I found most accurate and it definitely helped me with time management. The budgeting section was also very helpful.”

Tonye Babudoh, Second Year Student

“Thank you for coming to my Sixth Form Awards night. I found your research and writing very good.”

Mena Janere, Fresher

“I’ve read the book and it will be an inspiration to many. Good job.”

Keway Jallow, Fresher

“I want to say thanks for coming to the event put on by CTK college. Your speech was both good and inspiring as you spoke with frankness and clarity.”

Ashford Clovis, Final Year Undergraduate