Family support helps Rosie to university success

Inverness student Rosie Wade is celebrating success after graduating with a degree in Occupational Therapy from Robert Gordon University (RGU).

Rosie WadeRosie (24) graduated with a BSc Hons in Occupational Therapy at a ceremony at His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen on Thursday, July 14.

The former Millburn Academy pupil was affected by her father’s cancer diagnosis when she was 15 and left secondary school with one Higher in Music.

She went on to gain a further nine Highers at Inverness College which helped her secured a place at RGU.

Rosie was attracted to the Occupational Therapy course following a family friend recommendation.

After researching course availability in Scotland, Rosie chose RGU's School of Health Sciences due to its high percentage of graduate recruitment and the number of practical placements throughout the course.

Rosie, who was the first in her family to gain a degree, said: “I am very proud to be able to say I am graduating as an Occupational Therapist and to say I have a degree from Robert Gordon University. 

"It has been a very challenging four years but I have learned so much personally and professional from my time at university.

“My family are very supportive, especially after my dad passed away six years ago, and although they are unaware of the academic pressure and how difficult moving away from home can be, they have always been there to support me during the challenging times.

“My dad was diagnosed with cancer when I was 15 and sitting exams so my interest in school was quite low. Going to college really helped me, the support I got from the lecturers was fantastic and they pushed me to complete my Highers and go onto further education.

“I understand from working with mental health that there are people with major life difficulties so I'm very grateful of the support my family gave me at the time and continue to do so. Thanks to them, I am now able to say I have a degree.”

Rosie gained experience from five placements during her time at RGU, including a final placement at a mental health mother and baby unit in London.

She said: “This was a major highlight of my course as I learned and grew at lot during the placement as London is such a varied city, it was very interesting learning and living there.”

Rosie also spent a lot of time volunteering during her time at RGU, seizing any opportunity to help her course or the university through open day tours, interviewing prospective OT students, helping to host at OT conference, and being a volunteer patient for healthcare students.

During her time at RGU, Rosie volunteered with Denis Law’s Streetsport which is a non-profit organisation focused on creating positive and productive social opportunities for young people across Aberdeen.

She said: “I got a real sense of reward and achievement being part of Streetsport and think it is an amazing charity which makes a huge difference to the young people in Aberdeen.”

Rosie also previously raised £800 by cutting off 14 inches of her hair for the charity Little Princess Trust which uses the hair donations to make wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer treatment.

Now she has graduated, Rosie is going travelling in South East Asia and will look for work in a mental health setting in Aberdeen upon her return to Scotland.

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Kirsty GroseneillCommunications Office Placement Student