HND Events Management graduate Julie Harrop (49) from Stirling says studying at Forth Valley College motivated her to achieve the best marks she could and to land a place on a university degree.
Julie, who was abased at the Stirling Campus, said: “My overall experience at FVC Stirling was a really positive one and it inspired me to continue my studies to University. The best bit for me was learning in an academic environment at the college which allowed me to complete my course on the highest mark I could. I would definitely - and have already - recommended studying at the campus to other people especially because of the location, friendly staff, great lecturers, opportunities and great facilities!”
Now studying for a degree at Glasgow Caledonian University, Julie explained why she chose Forth Valley College what it was about the college that inspired her as a mature student.
She went on: “I chose FVC Stirling because it had the course I wanted to apply for as well as the campus being convenient for home- which helped due to my personal commitments of having a daughter and a dog.
“The campus building itself was very inviting with its modern glass front. The Gallery Restaurant and the student canteen area were also modern and spacious too with the stunning views over the river, hills and the castle as well as all the staff being friendly and approachable. There was a well-equipped gym with experienced instructors at hand and the library has chill out areas as well as many text books and computers to work with.
“The Lecturers that took my modules at FVC Stirling were great, knowledgeable, supportive and engaging. One particular Lecturer, Paul Cunningham who I had for Graded Unit years one and two, was especially good in the fact he would always drive me to the best of my ability to achieve a Grade A.
“In year one I got a Grade A, which I was over the moon with as I had never been as studious at school. In year two for the Graded Unit, Paul was encouraging me to achieve an even higher Grade A result and saying I should push myself, which I did, and I was so proud of what I achieved due to Paul’s help. With two As in the bag this gave me many more opportunities to apply for a place at university and I was delighted to be accepted at both choices which were Glasgow Caledonian and Stirling.
“The college really helped me move on to the next step in my career as before lockdown last year, FVC always had opportunities for students to get experience in their field, both at the campus and out at other locations. This helped me make industry connections as well as with workplace experience.
“I would recommend that people should choose college as I found that being an older student, there was definitely a diverse range of students of all ages and backgrounds, which made me feel accepted in a relaxed friendly environment at a modern campus with great lecturers.”
Summing up her FVC experience in three words Julie, said: “Inspired, Confident and Happy.”