From Costa Rica to Keptie Road

Release Date: 16 June 2017

Bringing a truly trans-Atlantic flair to D&A College prize-giving ceremony in Webster Theatre, Arbroath, was Eden Weisenberger who travelled more than 5000 miles to study at the Keptie Road campus.

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Eden Weisenberger. (Picture: Ron Cathro).

The tri-lingual student, who won the Rotary Club of Arbroath Scholarship, came all the way from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, where her home is in a nature reserve on a plateau surrounded by jungle, to gain Scottish qualifications at college.

Eden was actually born in France, her father’s homeland, and her mother hails from Germany, so speaks Spanish, English and French.

“I actually use my mum’s maiden name as, despite being married to my dad for more than 40 years, she doesn’t like the sound of his surname, Burriel,” laughs the 19-year-old.

“Despite links with France and Germany I wanted to study in Scotland it has a great reputation for psychological research and that’s the subject I want to pursue in future.

“I needed to top up my qualifications so came to D&A College to study for highers in psychology, human biology, maths and English.”

Leaving home at just 18 years old to travel almost half-way across the world was slightly daunting but Eden was quickly made to feel at home.

“People here are incredibly welcoming – Costa Ricans are reputed to be among the friendliest in the world but the Scots equal that.”

Eden hasn’t had much chance to get out and about to see the Scottish countryside – she had been studying hard and works part-time in the care sector but did manage a trip to Loch Ness.

“At home we are surrounded by four species of monkey and we once had a black jaguar stealing our chickens, I really hoped that Nessie might make an appearance – but she must be shy!” laughed the student.

No stage fright for Eden, however, as she was presented with her award.