A 19 year old South & City College Health & Social Care student from Yardley recently won the Open College Network West Midlands award for ‘Outstanding Student Commitment’, together with a cheque for £600.
Maryam Khan has been a South & City College student since she was 16 and is now going on to Birmingham City University to study nursing, having just completed her Access to Social Science & Health course at the Bordesley Green campus.
Her inspiration to become a nurse started back when she was in Pakistan, helping to look after her grandmother, who had multiple illnesses. At the age of 10 or 11, Maryam enjoyed the care giving, which included giving diabetic injections, so becoming a nurse was a natural career choice to work towards.
Maryam said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at college over the past four years. It really feels like home. University is going to be a big change.”
When asked how she felt about the college staff and facilities, she added: “I would really like to single out Student Services for the most praise. I went through a really difficult time last year, what housing issues and having eye problems that led to me not being able to see properly. They helped me so much, I wouldn’t have been able to succeed without them.”
Maryam’s advice to her fellow students is a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.
“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
We wish Maryam every success for her journey to become a nurse, and congratulations on winning the award – a very deserving winner.