Former Kingston College Access to HE student, Katie Colbran, has recently completed a Masters in Psychology and is now employed on a Graduate Leadership Programme for Social Work, working with vulnerable children.
Katie thanked her former Access tutor, Sue Brahams, saying: "I would not have achieved any of this if it hadn’t been for the hard work of the staff at Kingston College. Your exceptional work pays off.”
Katie, who took an Access to HE - Teacher Training alongside GCSEs at Kingston College, continued: “I suppose ultimately, that I remember arriving on the Access course in Autumn 2014 a very nervous and scared woman. I lacked so much confidence in myself as I had felt like a failure when I left school with nothing twenty years earlier. Sue’s team showed me what I was capable of and gave me so much encouragement. Now I have become a confident woman who is able to pass on the encouragement to others.
“Many people join the Access course because challenging life experiences prevented them achieving their potential when they were younger. But because of Sue and her team, I know that no matter who you are or what has happened to you – you can change your life for the better if you have the right people supporting you. Actually, that is why I am going into social work. I want to help others achieve their potential. The Access course helps to create positive outcomes and I’ll never forget how it began transforming my life.
“There’s a quote from Carl Jung that has always inspired me – ‘I am not what has happened to me, I am what I choose to become’.”
2015-18 – (BA) Psychology and English at Newcastle University, graduating with a 2:1
2018-19 – MSc in Psychology at Northumbria University, graduating with a Commendation (Merit)
2019 – Graduate Leadership Programme in Social Work, working with vulnerable children