Before joining Ayrshire College I had worked at the Ailsa Hospital before staying at home to raise my two sons. When my eldest reached school age I decided I wanted to come to college to pursue my interest in psychology.
I was nervous coming to college as a mature student. However, while I was older than most of my classmates, I found this to be an advantage. I was more confident and happy to speak out in class. The lecturers were a great support, and I can say I had a wonderful time at Ayrshire College.
When I first joined the college, the thought of presenting to a class terrified me. However, by the end of my course I presented to the Board of Management, something I would never have believed I would be able to do!
The great experience I had at college would not have been possible without the support of the Ayr Campus Nursery who looked after my youngest son. The staff were friendly, flexible and approachable.
It’s an amazing feeling to have won this award. Apart from my children being born, I think it is my proudest achievement. I would like to thank my lecturers for their help, support and encouragement. I am now looking forward to going to Glasgow Caledonian University to begin the second year of a degree in Applied Psychology.
Angela’s lecturer said “Throughout Angela’s year in HNC Social Science, she exhibited the qualities that we always hope for in our students. From the start, she worked hard and enthusiastically and succeeded in every subject. She pushed herself by organising fund raising activities and other citizenship projects with her classmates.
“In addition, she works voluntarily for the Children’s Panel to help give young people a fair chance in life. She has been a shining example to her classmates this year and will be a real inspiration in her future career.”