An Ellon student who juggled full-time work in Peterhead with night classes in Aberdeen has said she is delighted to have graduated.
Nicola Moir (25) received her BEng Mechanical and Offshore Engineering degree from Robert Gordon University (RGU) on Tuesday, December 8, at Aberdeen’s Music Hall.
The former Ellon Academy pupil, who works as Principal Technical Officer at Aberdeen City Council, said that she missed the support network that comes from attending university full-time but was delighted to have secured her degree.
“As I worked full time and only went to night class I found it hard to make use of the support networks the university had to offer and on more than one occasion struggled alone because night class doesn't see you spend time with your fellow classmates,” Nicola said.
“I did however enjoy the experience of being at uni and learnt that no matter how hard you find something there is always an opportunity to learn it - you just need to commit time and surround yourself with people who are willing to help you.”
She added: “I am absolutely delighted to be graduating, it feels like it has been a long time coming. There were times that I thought I was never going to finish or questioned why I was even doing a degree given I was already in a good job role, but now that I have finished I am so glad I never gave up and I know it will be a great foundation for building upon my career.”
Talking about the highlight of her time at university, Nicola said: “It has to be phoning my mum on results day to tell her I had passed - she cried!”
The new graduate said she was looking forward to not having to stress about exams or balancing her work life balance.
“I can finally sit back relax and be glad of what I achieved,” she said.
Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology