Modest BSc Applied Biological Sciences student Heather Watson (30) credits the support from her lecturers to help her win a top college graduation award.
Heather from Falkirk, won the Most Inspirational Student in the Department of Engineering and Science, but had to overcome some challenging domestic issues during 2019/20.
She said: “The best bit of my experience at the college this year has to be the moment I received my A for my graded unit two and of course receiving the news that I had won the award for inspirational student of the year. My family and myself have had such a difficult time over lockdown and found it hard to adjust to the new circumstances. There were many times that I doubted my ability to complete the course, but the support of my lecturers and my family gave me the confidence to carry on, so when I received my results and the news that I won the award, it truly meant everything to me.”
Heather is now gearing up to begin the third year of her integrated degree at the University of Stirling.
She said: “I chose to study at the Falkirk Campus as it is really close to home. I originally studied the HND in Applied Biological Sciences when I left high school at the Falkirk Campus, which I really enjoyed. When I decided to return to my studies I was pleased to see the college were now offering the HND as part of the BSc Hons Applied Biological Sciences integrated degree program.
“The new campus is so bright and spacious, the new classes and labs are great, and the addition of breakout areas are great for studying. The lecturers at the college are so supportive, it does not matter if you have a problem with coursework or a personal issue, they are always there to listen and help in any way they can. These past few months have been extremely difficult during the lockdown, but I had the confidence to carry on with my work because of the reassurance and support given to me by my lecturers.
“I have met a lot of great people in my time at Forth Valley College. I was quite apprehensive returning to the college as a mature student, however there was no need to be as there is a great mix of people and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
“Studying the BSc in Applied Biological Sciences at college has given me a lot of practical experience in the labs, which I feel will be desirable when it comes to employment. I feel confident in my practical abilities as I enter the third year of the degree.
“I would recommend the college to people interested in the science industry as the course covers a wide range of subjects within biology and the practical experience you gain is invaluable.”
Summing up her experience at Forth Valley College in three words, Heather, said: “Inspiring, enjoyable, memorable.”