Malgorzata Kasprzyk, also known as Gosia, graduated at North East Scotland College’s Awards Fraserburgh Ceremony with an HND in Social Sciences recently.
Gosia, who lives in Fraserburgh, said she has nothing but praise for the college which has helped her progress from part-time learner to a full-time student at university.
Gosia, 34, is originally from Poland and moved to Scotland in 2005 to find employment and initially worked as a general operative in a fish canning factory.
She first came to NESCol to study part-time courses in ECDL and typing which gave her the confidence and motivation to consider full-time study. She went onto study Advanced English and Access to Social Sciences which allowed her to progress to an HND in the same subject.
Gosia has said she really enjoyed her time at North East Scotland College and is very positive about her educational experience at the Fraserburgh campus.
Commenting, Gosia said: “I found all the staff at College to be so friendly and welcoming.
“I think they are excellent at motivating students and showed so much belief in my abilities. I really enjoyed the courses I studied, in particular my HND, and liked the different learning experiences we were part of.
“The course was a great mix of individual work and group learning which I think helps your understanding, particularly in a subject like social sciences.”
In addition to receiving her HND at the ceremony, Gosia has also won an Ede and Ravenscroft sponsored prize from the College.
Gosia was nominated by Lynn Findlay, Curriculum and Quality Manager for Social Sciences at the Fraserburgh campus, who commented: “Gosia has been awarded the Best Student award for the past three consecutive years in the Social Sciences area.
“She has been an exemplary student, as well as an active member of the Student Association, making key changes to the college culture in terms of equality and diversity.”
Gosia has used her HND to take advantage of the College’s university articulation agreements and has progressed directly into second year of an MA Hons in Sociology and Psychology at The University of Aberdeen.
To help support her studies at university, Gosia currently has two part-time jobs and also works as a volunteer co-ordinator at Grampian Racial Equality Council. She hopes to complete her MA and would eventually like to work in research and teaching.
Gosia added: “I am so grateful to the College for the opportunities I’ve had and I am looking forward to celebrating my achievement at the Awards Ceremony with my niece Dominika Wlazlo and my friends Olga Owczarek, Angelika Czyrek and Tomasz Czyrek who are coming along to support me.”