Olivia is making the most of being a college student

New Year Campaign - Olivia Evans

Olivia Evans is a level 1 beauty therapy student who came to Chesterfield College 2 years ago when she started on an entry level course after finishing school.

Olivia has ADHD and dyslexia so studying has always been a challenge for her. She says that her time at college has given her so much more than just learning about beauty therapy. An active member of the Student Council representing the other students on her course, she has thrown herself into college life and is thriving. She told us:

“When I was at school I used to get kicked out of lessons because I had a really bad attitude but now I realise that isn’t going to get me anywhere. Coming to college has made me realise that it isn’t too late to change and that if you want to achieve something you have to work for it. College has taught me to see the bigger picture and think long term. That has really helped me to settle down with my studies.”

“Here, they treat me like an adult and listen to my opinion at the same time as supporting me to get to where I want to be. It feels like a workplace here because we get to spend time in the salon which is a brilliant experience for teaching us what employers would expect of us in the future.”

“I don’t ever feel left behind because I get support with my writing and doing something practical helps me to focus. The other girls on the course are really nice as well, which helps me feel more relaxed.”

“I have really enjoyed being the student representative and I know it will look good on my CV. It feels good to know that people voted for me to put their point of view forward. It shows that people trust me and value my opinion.”

If you're inspired by Olivia's story, come and find out more at our open evening on 30th January between 4.30pm and 7pm where you can make an appointment with one of the college’s careers advisors, who can help you to find the best course to make 2017 the year you make it happen.

To book an appointment register here and an advisor will give you a call to find a time that suits you best.