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Second time’s the charm for award-winning Caroline


It was a case of finding the right course at the right university for a hard-working Orkney student, who this week celebrates her graduation from RGU.

Caroline LittsCaroline Litts (26) graduated alongside her classmates with a First Class BSc (Hons) Nutrition at a ceremony at Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre on Thursday 12 July.

The former Stromness Academy pupil, from Dounby, is especially delighted with her achievement as she looks back on the road she took to get here.

Caroline said: “I had always wanted to go into higher education, but when I left school I unfortunately chose the wrong course at the wrong university. After just one year, I dropped out and it took me a few years to find my real calling.

“I’d always been interested in food, health and nutrition, so when I saw that RGU offered me the chance to take that further, I jumped at the chance. I also saw RGU as being relatively close to home, which was an important factor for me.”

Rather than be daunted by returning to higher education, Caroline dived in head-first and became a high-achieving example to her peers. Not only winning national prizes – such as the Vitaflo Metabolism Award for Best Nutrition Student on the Advanced Nutrition module in 2018 – but also making memories that last a lifetime.

She said: “Honestly, I never thought I’d go back to uni and did expect to struggle, but I’ve had the most incredible time. I’ve learned so much, met so many amazing people and made lifelong friends.

“I’ve also received so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have otherwise, thanks to being at RGU. There are too many to name, but a definite highlight of the past few years would be getting to go on placement for 12 weeks in London.”

Having now secured her First Class Honours degree, Caroline appears to have caught the university bug, and has no intention of stopping her further education any time soon.

She added: “After the summer break, I’m about to start a Masters in Human Nutrition and hope to eventually go on to do a PhD, before working as a researcher.

“I definitely feel that my time at RGU prepared me well for becoming a professional in the Nutrition field. But I’ve enjoyed my time at university so much, why not keep that going for a while longer!”

 

Release by Jonathon Milne
Communications Officer
Press and Media Enquiries