A Fraserburgh student has spoken of her delight following her graduation from Robert Gordon University (RG) with an honours degree in Applied Social Sciences.
Natasha Ritchie, 23, a former Fraserburgh Academy pupil, started third year at university after completing two years of Social Sciences at North East Scotland College.
Natasha said: “I feel absolutely delighted to have graduated with a degree in Applied Social Sciences from RGU. I’m the first person in my family to go to university, I adore learning and I always knew I wanted to go.
“I did the advanced entry course and left college with a HND which meant I went straight into third year of university.
“The experience was very daunting as college and university are completely different and after all the stress after third year I did consider leaving as I felt I may not have the capabilities for the dissertation work in fourth year.
“However, my friends, family and tutors they assured me that I would manage fourth year so I decided to stay and thankfully it was the best experience.”
Natasha enjoyed studying social subjects at Fraserburgh Academy and was keen to continue learning about the area after she left school and went to college.
She said: “I’ve always enjoyed learning about how history has influenced today’s society, and why people behave, interact and develop the way they do.
“For me learning about people is very interesting due to the fact no one is the same and even if they are similar they all perceive the world in differing ways.
“I have always been fascinated with how people develop through infancy, how they change through hardship and interact within society.
“Religion, class and race are also significant factors which can determine how a person sees the world. However, learning about mental health and criminality attracted me to the course because you can learn more about why people break the norms and values of society, sometimes in extreme ways.