Biomedical student proves why she is the 'People's Choice'
With a bubbly and compelling personality, it was not a surprise when Biomedical Science graduate, Lileth Campbell won the People’s Choice accolade at the Student Star Awards.
Lileth was a mature student who had no science background when she enrolled on the biomedical sciences course but her determination and motivation to achieve has enabled her to attain her degree.
We caught up with the mother of three daughter to talk about her academic journey, balancing school and family life and what is next on the horizon.
What made you pick the course you studied?
I chose the course, at the time, mainly because I wanted to work in a laboratory, as I was a Phlebotomist.
How did you balance your studies and family life?
The main factor on this course that worked for me was the attendance. It was two full days a week, which allowed me to manage my time effectively and efficiently. I had study days, work days, family and social time. This enabled me to remain committed to my church activities and my family. However, when it was coming up to a deadline for coursework or an exam, those took priority and my family and church were very supportive.
What are some of the challenges you faced during your course and what helped you overcome them?
At times it became overwhelming; there were times my schedule was non-existent but somehow I always managed to get back on track. I often went to see my tutors for guidance and reassurance. They were brilliant and really supportive. An example, during the first term of my Foundation degree, I thought I had bitten off more than I could chew. I wanted to quit but, on having a conversation with one of my tutors, it made such a difference and the end result is evident! I am very grateful for their help.
What are some of the lessons you learned or things that inspired you during the course that have contributed to your success?
I learned that time management was paramount and the value of my tutors. I have a greater appreciation and respect for them and the commitment they have to their students.
What was the feeling when you found out you had been nominated/won the Student Choice Award?
It was very humbling but I was so surprised and happy, it was a blessing. I thought there must be someone else who has done something outstanding.
What keeps you motivated?
My passion for learning and the ability to try. Also being positive, supportive and to encourage someone even if it is just a smile.
What are some of the things about the University Centre that contributed to your overall experience?
Without a shadow of a doubt, it is the support and encouragement from the tutors. You as a student have to put the time in, stay focused and committed because the reward is great.
What is next on the cards for you?
I would like to go into research; cardiovascular is my main interest but I am also passionate about education.
What would you say to someone who has been out of education for some time and is looking to study again?
I would say go for it, just make the first step. I am an example. Be focused and committed. You can overcome and achieve anything you set your mind to