North East Scotland College student Sanda Gabrane has graduated with an HND in
Sanda Gabrane moved to Scotland with her family in 2010 from her native Latvia. She attended Fraserburgh Academy for a year before applying to North East Scotland College.
Initially unsure of what to study, it was Sanda’s mum, having taught social sciences in Latvia, who suggested to her that she consider the subject as a course choice.
Sanda embarked on the Access to Social Sciences course at the Fraserburgh campus and hasn’t looked back since.
Commenting on her college experience, Sanda said: “I found the first year at College a bit of a struggle, mostly with communication but I soon adjusted. I really enjoyed the course and decided to carry on and do the HND.”
During the first part of her HND, Sanda fell pregnant but still managed to complete the year, passing all her assessments. She went onto have her daughter, Nellija, and despite having a new baby to look after, managed to juggle college and childcare to continue with her studies.
Sanda’s mum helped look after Nellija the days that she attended college and with a lot of hard work and determination, she has not only successfully achieved her HND, but has been awarded a special award, sponsored by Ede and Ravenscroft, for her efforts.
Sanda added: “When I found out I was having Nellija I was determined to carry on with my course. It was hard at times but with support from my partner and family I got through and I’m really happy to be attending the Awards Ceremony and receiving my award.”
Sanda has been able to take advantage of the Degree Link agreement that the College has with the Robert Gordon University and will enter directly into third year of a BA Hons in Applied Social Sciences.