An Inverurie woman has graduated from North East Scotland College following the most challenging period of her life.
After finishing sixth year at Inverurie Academy, Katy Ingram’s ambition was to study primary teaching and she had a conditional offer to do so at the University of Aberdeen.
However just two weeks after leaving school, she was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma.
This cancer of the lymphatic system meant that she spent four months in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary receiving chemotherapy.
Thankfully, her treatment was successful and whilst recovering, she decided she no longer wanted to pursue a career in primary education.
Katy had always wanted to study psychology and sociology at school so decided to apply for the HND Social Sciences course at North East Scotland College.
Katy, 21, said: “After the first few months of the course, I knew I had made the right decision. I found it really interesting but also testing.
“The lecturers were very helpful and encouraging throughout the two years and their help meant I could gain a better understanding of things and in turn improve the standard of work I produced.
“The course has given me a better insight and appreciation of areas such as politics, society and improved my research skills.”
Having successfully achieved her HND, Katy was accepted into the third year of a BA Applied Social Sciences at The Robert Gordon University via the Degree Link agreement which NESCol and RGU have in place.
Katy said, “The future is looking much brighter now. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into my degree and one day I would like to work for the police.”