FdSc Sports Coaching student Megan Hilley would describe herself as ‘the little Scottish one’, bursting with enthusiasm and personality. This confidence and determination to succeed encouraged her to start studying for her degree in her mid-twenties, not letting age become a barrier to achieving her dream career.
Discovering that the transition back into education was a much more positive experience than originally anticipated, Megan’s optimism only improved throughout the year.
I think my first year as a whole has been an incredible experience. I have learnt so much about myself and I can even do things I never knew I could - it feels great!
After being awarded a fantastic result for the first year of study, Megan now hopes to complete the Foundation Degree and top-up year before progression on to a PGCE course to pursue her teaching ambitions. She said: “After teaching for a year or two in this country, I would love to travel and learn new languages whilst utilising my qualifications to teach.”
Encouraged by her tutors, Megan always goes above and beyond what is expected, participating in extracurricular activities to boost her experience and knowledge. “I have got involved with the Health and Wellbeing Services scheme at the College which is brilliant. As well as this, I became a Student Rep and a Student Ambassador which gives me the opportunity to encourage others to come and be a part of what we have at Truro.”
Volunteering her spare time working as a Sports Activator for the Health and Wellbeing Services scheme, Megan has already gained valuable experience in training and delivering sporting activities for students and staff every week. Following this, she has also been selected to support Get Active Cornwall’s ‘This Girl Can’ challenge, coaching and encouraging women who want to increase their confidence and become more active.
Megan then took on some additional responsibility when she decided to apply for a step up from her volunteer Student Rep position and became the Lead Student Rep in 2017. She said: “Although I am a little nervous to have this responsibility, I am looking forward to working towards a more cohesive student body. I was told about the Student Rep position by my tutor and was advised to apply. I like the fact I can feed back what my fellow students think about the University experience and then return with a viable solution for them.”
Utilising her new coaching abilities, Megan gives us some great advice about what a good Student Rep should do:
Listen to people, try to bring out what they really feel and don't be afraid to raise these issues in the meetings because all thoughts and ideas are welcome. Try to think of solutions to problems with a positive frame of mind.