Sam jumping for joy over RGU degree

A Newburgh long jumper who has clocked up 15 Scottish University medals is celebrating adding another accolade to his collection after graduating from Robert Gordon University (RGU).

Sam LyonSam Lyon (22) graduated with a BSc in Computer Science from Robert Gordon University (RGU) on Friday, July 17, after managing to balance his study commitments with training and competing in numerous university track and field competitions.

The former Ellon Academy pupil and Aberdeen Amateur Athletic Club said: “It's been a great experience, I have learnt so many new skills and made so many new friends.

“It has been challenging at times and a lot of sleepless nights when deadlines came but the end result is definitely worth the effort put in. I don't think I would have traded my last five years for anything.

“I came away with a 2:1 in Computer Science, much more confidence and a very varied skill set that has set me up well for the future.”

He added: “You can never truly prepare yourself for the final semester of university - the main challenge was to juggle course work, honours project, thesis and studying for exams, not to mention trying to keep up my sporting commitments.

“That was probably the most hectic my life will be but you come out of it stronger person upon reflection.”

Sam spent a year on placement with Stena Drilling in a service desk support role and said: “It’s an experience I will never forget. I got to go to Rotterdam with the company and I made friends for life and learnt invaluable skills.

“Another highlight was definitely getting to compete at the Olympic stadium with the RGU athletics team - it was the British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) test competition, before the actual Olympics a couple of months later and was just a once in a lifetime experience.”

Sam was presented with a Full Blue award by RGU Sport at the annual Blues Ball for his achievements in finishing in the top six in the final of a British University Championship.

Looking to the future, he said: “I have had a lot more free time since finishing at uni which means I can focus 100% on my athletics which is good and I am gearing up to compete at the Scottish seniors in August as well as a couple of Highland Games this summer.

“In September I start a graduate software engineer role at Aker Solution so I am very excited for a new challenge to tackle. It is a huge weight off my shoulders knowing that I have something set up and with such a great company. It means I can enjoy summer knowing that the job hunting is over.”

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Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology