Former Health and Social Care student at Leeds City College, Amanda Rodriguez, tells us about her experience at college and how she has become a Junior Sister at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.
What made you choose a Health and Social Care course?
“I’ve always been a very caring person but wasn’t particularly academic, so I decided to apply for a course that was predominantly practical. When I came to Leeds City College, I realised straight away that the Health and Social Care course was the perfect fit for me and I thrived in this vocational setting.
“The tutors were fantastic and nurtured my skills, enabling me to excel in a subject that I became passionate about. During a placement, I fell in love with the elderly and older adult nursing and I knew I wanted to become a nurse.”
How was your experience at Leeds City College?
“My experience was amazing! I was very lucky to have a great group of girls in my class and a tutor who was relaxed and treated us all like adults. She made us feel at ease during our studies so that we could contribute and express ourselves openly. I’m still in touch with some of my tutors now and I frequently visit college to speak to students about my experience and offer advice.
“Following college, I went to university and qualified as an Adult Nurse. I am now a Junior Sister on a surgical ward at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, which involves patient care and management duties.”
How has the college helped you get to where you are now?
“Leeds City College and its tutors opened up the door for me to believe in myself. As I never excelled at school, I thought I could never be a nurse. The tutors showed me that anything is possible if you’re committed, work hard and are passionate about developing.
“My tutors were a great help when it came to applying for university and provided advice every step of the way.
“My current role is far from what I ever dreamed I could achieve. Going to Leeds City College was the first stepping stone in my career as a Nurse and Healthcare Professional; and I can’t thank the tutors enough for all their support and encouragement.”