Nicola Jane MacDonald received the Student of the Year for Engineering and Science at the Ayr Campus Graduation 2018.
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“I’d always enjoyed maths and physics at school but at 17, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do as a career. After school, I chose to go on to do nursing, but after two years, I realised it wasn’t for me. Five years later I decided it was time for a change. Engineering seemed fitting as it combined both maths and problem solving. My Dad is an Electronic Engineer – maybe that’s where I get it from!
I knew before going into the course that there wouldn’t be many female students in the Electrical Engineering class. I was one of only two women in the class, but I wouldn’t say I saw that as a concern. The percentage of women in STEM related careers is on the rise which is great and I never felt out of place.
Within the course we learned a multitude of electrical engineering topics. Also, learning how advanced maths and physics formulae fit into real life engineering scenarios was really interesting. Andy, our lecturer, was fantastic. I’ve never met anyone as good at maths and he had a great method of teaching.
I was really surprised when I found out I had won this award. I was with my Mum at the time and she was over the moon. It’s an achievement I’m really proud of.
This award gives me an incentive to continue to work hard going forward and focus on my future. I’ll be sure to add it to my personal statement when applying for university too.
I am continuing my studies with Ayrshire College to complete the HND Electrical Engineering. After the HND there is a direct entry into third year at Glasgow Caledonian University where I hope to finish my studies with a degree. After that I would love to be accepted onto a graduate program with a large company.”