After finishing up at Brechin High-school I was all set to study engineering at Edinburgh University. A lot of my friends had applied for the same course, so it seemed like the best choice. However, before I started, I decided that it wasn’t for me. I realised that I was only doing it to follow the crowd. So, with no time to apply to a new university course and no money for an exciting gap year, I found myself at the Kingsway Campus of Dundee College studying an HNC in Biomedical Science.
St Andrews is such an amazing experience, which is a result of the international student body, experiences that isn’t offered at other universities, and the really top-class lecturers! My time at St Andrews exposed me to new walks of life and gave me a really strong desire to succeed more than I had ever felt at high school or college. Coming from the college route also gave me access to the ‘Star Student’ program ran by Joanna Fry. This group really was the cherry on the cake and gave me a lot of fantastic guidance and support.
During my fourth year, I applied to the Robert T Jones Scholarship which is exclusive to St Andrews. It has allowed me to spend a fully funded year at Emory University in America which has given me even more fantastic opportunities. At present, I am currently working for CNN on their international desk and loving it. Without a doubt, I am here because of what I learned at St Andrews and the opportunities that were made available to me. I would urge anyone thinking of applying for university to consider St Andrews, in my mind, it really is the best that Scotland can offer.