Caius History student Kira Kilker has helped look after her mother and her younger brother and sister since she was six, and thought she might never be able to go to university. But when she won a place at Caius last year, she took the difficult decision to leave her family - and her caring role - for the first time.
Watch our short film, where Kira explains the challenges of caring, of leaving home, and of reconciling guilt with enjoyment of her new freedom. This film, a collaboration between Caius and Cambridge University's central communications team, has been created to mark Young Carers Awareness Day - an event to draw attention to the work and challenges facing the UK's 700,000 young carers. Find more information here.