Hard work pays off with bursary award.
Byline: David Whinyates Special Correspondent
GIEDRE Reventaite would be the first to agree that if you put the effort into something, you will achieve positive results. Having done just that, the 42-year-old is now ready to complete a full honours business degree after gaining qualifications at Birmingham Metropolitan College.
"I was never very academic when I was at school, but I took a second chance on my education by coming to college around nine years ago," said Lithuania-born Giedre. "As I started to pass exams and get good coursework grades, I realised I had the potential to do even better if I put my mind to it. I ended up achieving Distinction grades throughout the second year of my HND business course. Now I believe that anything's possible."
During her time at the college, Giedre's learning achievements included English-speaking qualifications, as well as a Level 2 legal studies certificate and an Access to Business course.
"Studying the HND at college really benefited me," Giedre said. "Being in familiar surroundings was good and I had great relationships with my tutors, who were always there for me when I needed them.
"Receiving a PS3,000 National Scholarship Programme bursary has also been a big help. I've used some of this money to fund a research project into the catering business as I'm interested in starting my own business after I've completed my degree.
"I'm grateful to everyone at the college who supported me when I struggled to combine a part-time job with my studies. My tutors really believed in me. I'm so happy to have come this far and feel confident about being able to carry on doing well at the University of Worcester where I'll be finishing my degree."
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Aiming nhigh - Giedre Reventaite (pictured right) receives congratulations for her student bursary award from Birmingham Met Director Sue Woodward