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Rachael performing at Carols by Candlelight, 2013 How are you finding the experience of being at And you now have a new RSB guide dog, Ella to uni? help you – what difference has she made in your It’s stressful at times, but fun too. Getting used to life? doing assignments again was hard, but when it’s Ella is my angel. She has made life and independence things you want to learn about it makes it a lot easier so much easier, and I couldn’t imagine life without to absorb. People are also really nice and friendly. her now. My sight deteriorated so much that the cane just didn’t cut it anymore, and with Ella I feel much Are you studying full-time? How do you plan to more security and safety when I go out by myself. manage the demands study as well as music? Even if I get lost, I’ll be “safely lost” as they say. I I’m only studying part-time and I’m so happy for it. I just love her to pieces. don’t think I could’ve handled full-time uni, but I’m balancing it pretty well at the moment. If there is ever a conflict between uni and music, depending on what Can you tell us about the work you do as an ambassador for the Royal Society for the Blind? it is, music will usually be favoured because I can I’ve been an ambassador for the Royal Society for the always go back to uni at any time. Blind since 2011, and I’m so proud to be a part of this wonderful organisation. As an ambassador, it’s my