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STUDENT ROLE MODELS HONOURED WITH TOP COLLEGE AWARDS
A teenager who was bullied at school and suffered anxieties about starting college has blossomed into an award winning student.
Access to Humanities and Social Science student, Rebecca Moylan, was crowned Kensington and Chelsea College’s Young Learner of the Year 2012 for her academic and personal achievements.
Although now an ambitious and happy student, Rebecca, 19, started her course extremely nervous about college life having been bullied at a previous school.
She said: “I had to have six months out of education because of the bullying. It also affected my outlook on life as I became less confident and wanted to hide away. It was a difficult time for me. I’d put myself off applying for courses as I felt unsure about fitting in wherever I went. I really had to push myself to go for the Access Course at the college, but I’m so glad I did it now! I’ve have made some really good friends at the college, and really enjoyed the course. I think it’s really important that you don’t let your experiences in life hold you back.”
Despite her initial reservations Rebecca successfully passed her course at the college. She is now looking forward to starting a Linguistics Degree and is on the path to becoming a speech therapist.
Speaking about her win and her course Rebecca said: “I couldn’t believe it! My name was the last to be mentioned so I thought I hadn’t won anything for most of the night! I feel really proud. The Access course has given me much more confidence. The tutors were incredibly supportive, and were always there to help me.”
Rebecca was nominated for her award by tutor, Hazel Riley, who said: “Rebecca is a student who has not only achieved academically, through hard work and determination, but who has blossomed as an individual. Over the year I’ve watched her raise her own expectations and become more and more ambitious.”
Rebecca was among a group of 30 students who bagged a series of top accolades in front of proud family, friends and tutors as part of the college’s annual awards ceremony.
The evening ceremony kicked of with a solo song performance and took place at the college’s Wornington Centre, in Wornington Road.
The award winners were greeted with loud cheers as they collected their certificate and prizes from the Deputy Mayor of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor Lady Victoria Borwick.
The students were also praised in speeches by the college’s Vice Principal, Amanda Hayes, and Deputy Mayor, Lady Borwick.