Two Fraserburgh sisters with very different career aspirations graduated together at the North East Scotland College Fraserburgh Graduation Ceremony recently.
This, however, will not see the sisters go their separate ways, as they have now both moved to Aberdeen to continue their studies at RGU.
Danielle and Chloe Pearson both attended Fraserburgh Academy, with Chloe (21) staying the full six years and Danielle (19) leaving after her fifth year.
Chloe then spent three years studying at NESCol’s Fraserburgh Campus.
She had enjoyed physics at school and decided to apply for NC Mechanical Engineering because she felt it would give her a range of career options/further study in the local area.
Successfully completing the NC allowed her to progress to HND level in the same subject for a further two years.
On starting the HND, she was joined at the college by sister Danielle.
When Danielle was in third year at school, she began to study business related subjects and it grabbed her interest.
On finishing her fifth year, she was set on leaving school to concentrate her studies in this area.
She was delighted to be accepted onto the HND Business course and, thus, began the course at the same time as her older sister.
The sisters both found their time at the College really beneficial.
Danielle told the Fraserburgh Herald: “It was great being able to study close to home for two years but still have the opportunity to meet lots of new people from across the area.
“It was a big change from school – a completely different atmosphere – and it was a bit scary being so young but I soon found my feet.”
Chloe added: “I found my lecturers really supportive and helpful and enjoyed my time studying at the College.”
Through DegreeLink, the College’s 2 + 2 partnership with Robert Gordon University, Chloe and Danielle have both secured places in the third year of a degree in their chosen subject at the university.
Chloe will be continuing her mechanical engineering studies while Danielle will be working towards a degree in Business Management with HR.
Danielle said: “We moved to Aberdeen in September and are sharing a flat while we study.
“It’s a big step, but hopefully it will feel a bit like home because we’ll still see each other every day.”