Emma came to college on crutches

Release Date: 6 June 2017

Breaking a foot, being on crutches, even having a baby couldn’t stop one D&A College student completing her course.

Emma Smith ARTICLE
Emma Smith (picture: Ron Cathro)

Emma Smith was among the award-winners at D&A’s prize-giving ceremony held in the Gardyne Theatre on Wednesday, May 31.

Winner of Leng Trust Prize for Outstanding Endeavour, the Crieff resident, joined the ranks of some remarkable students who not only excelled in their subject but pushed themselves just that little bit harder.

Emma enrolled on the HNC care and administrative practice last year, with a view to pursuing a career in mental health nursing.

The 21-year-old had worked in the health care since leaving Crieff HS.

Already with two children under three, within months of starting her course, Emma discovered she was going to have another baby.

Undaunted, the student handed in her assignments well ahead of schedule and gained excellent results.

Unfortunately disaster struck when Emma ended up on crutches and couldn’t even drive to Gardyne Campus.

“I feel really stupid admitting this but it was a simple accident – my dog, Dougal, knocked me down some stairs when we were going into the garden and I ended up with a broken foot.”

The clash with the collie cross left Emma using crutches and her mum, Susan, driving her back and forward to college.

“Without the support of my family I would never have managed,” said the prize-winner.

“My lecturers and tutors were also amazing.”

The student repaid that support however, when baby Louis made his appearance in March, Emma was back in class in a matter of weeks continuing to show dedication and commitment.