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My name is Martin Bamber and I am a student
at Hereward College. I am currently studying a BTEC National Diploma in I.T
Practitioners and a subsidiary diploma in business studies.
I am originally from Preston hence I sound funny
but now live in Coventry where I have two cockatiels (Sunny and Ricoh) as well
as a guinea pig called gyro who likes to chew everything including brand new
If I’m honest I’m pretty new to Hereward.
I’d visited from time to timebut now
I’m a student I can honestly say I’ve experienced the what it’s like to be a
student here and have made many friends.
Originally I studied in mainstream schools
and colleges but struggled as all the work was piled on me and was required
within a set time which I found was difficult to keep up to date with as I had
multiple assignments. As for being a Hereward I can honestly say that the
lecturers have given the assignments but have set it out in sections and
I have only been here 6 months but have
somehow either joined or roped myself into activitues which are very useful to
both myself and the college. I myself have a very creative mind and have found
that many of the activities such as the breakfast buzz and the employability
activity have required me to design graphical posterswhich has helped me boost both my ability and
my confidence when working with others.
Originally when I came to Hereward I knew 2
people my girlfriend and another friend who was returning to Hereward at the
same time if I’m honest my main goal was to focus on my work and not have a
social life in collegebutunfortunately wasn’t possible as the people I
have met are such lovely people to talk to and spend time with and I have found
some of the greatest friends I have known and wouldn’t change them for
I can truthfully say that I struggled with
confidence due to reasons such as bullying or people being judgmental towards
me. But can say with a big smile on my face that I am slowly gaining the
confidence that I lost over the years.
Around 5 years ago I left Coventry which
caused me to leave my job and college so I had no way of getting my degree but
when I moved to Bristol I spoke to my dad and discussed how I was feeling and
he suggested that I go back to college and get the degree that I needed as I
would get further on in life so used my dad’s words of guidance for my
motivation and I’m glad I did.
Apart from the friends I have met I can say
the best part of my course is the subject I am learning and the respect I gain
off the teachers. Some of the topics I have learnt I already possess the
knowledge but at the same time I have managed to also learn some new things on
my road to learning and I agree that the saying “You learn something new every
day” is true I can prove it I learnt today I’m writing this article for the
My Future plans
I have not finished my course yet and I
still have a year and a half to go but my main goal after this course is to go
and get a job that supports a higher apprenticeship as I am over the standard
age for an apprenticeship I any one asked me about the course I would tell them
that it is a really good course to do and that the staff who teach the units
are great and you can have a laugh with them,
As stated before I have only been here 6
months but can say that by coming to Hereward College I made the right choice
and I’m proud of the decision I made.
thank you to the staff and students who have given me the respect and support
for the time I have been here.