Meet the Kilmarnock 2018 graduation prizewinners

In the lead-up to the Kilmarnock Campus graduation we will unveil our graduation prizewinners. At the Kilmarnock graduation, there are 10 recipients in total.

Next up is Amy McFadzean, HNC Applied Sciences, who is receiving the Student of the Year – Engineering and Science Award.

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Before coming to college, I was a full-time single parent to my daughter. I left school with no qualifications but had always wanted to study science.

I decided to just go for it and applied for an Access to Life Sciences course in 2016. I wanted to do something for myself and make my daughter proud. I enjoyed the Access course so much that I decided to continue onto the HNC Applied Science course.

I was really shy and was nervous about coming to college and meeting new people. I had no confidence in myself so wasn’t sure if it was even the right decision. I was so worried the course would be too difficult for me.

There was a lot of lab work, such as staining bacteria in Microbiology and a few titrations, and we also studied subjects like Cell Biology and Biochemistry. Our Graded Unit involved researching a topic related to science and writing up a report on it. I loved learning about our cells and how they function.

Receiving an ‘A’ for my Graded Unit and the great friendships I’ve made during the past two years have been major highlights for me.

I couldn’t believe that I’d won this award! I’ve worked so hard and it feels great to have that acknowledged. I’m so grateful to have won it. It’ll look great on my CV and will help if I apply for placements at university too.

It’s definitely given me a reason to stop doubting myself so much.

I’m a completely different person than I was when I started the Access course. I have gained confidence in myself and have made some amazing lifelong friends. I’ve gained useful practical skills, such as how to use a pipette and how to properly write a report. These skills will no doubt benefit me at university and further on in my career.

In the future, I would absolutely love to work in scientific research. I’m going to work hard to get there.

I would absolutely recommend the college as a place of study. The lecturers are amazing and supportive, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the two years I’ve been here. I’m so glad I made the choice to study at Ayrshire College.


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