How Joshua engineered his own success

Release Date: 26 October 2017

I was a serial underachiever academically at school. At times people wrote me off, I doubted myself plenty and I gave up on things too easily.

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Joshua Gregory, Student President.

When Joshua Gregory (26) finished school and transitioned into Higher Education at college he struggled to support himself financially. This turned into years of bouncing between college courses and low paid employment.

 “My initial thoughts were I’d go to Dundee and Angus College and attempt to see out a year of study at HNC level for Petroleum Engineering.”

 But Joshua went on to do so much more! He threw himself into college life getting involved with the Learner Engagement department, Sports Union and Students’ Association, becoming President for 2017/18.

 As well as achieving a string of awards as part of the college basketball team, Joshua was also Sports Union Volunteer of the Year 2016/17 and presented with the Ian Colligan Award for Outstanding Contribution 2016/17.

 And on top of all that he also managed to fit in an HND in Engineering Systems!

 “Without the support of key staff and the opportunity to be more than just a student, I would have likely withdrawn when I experienced difficult circumstances. It was a pleasure to work alongside my fellow students - without a good laugh the journey wouldn’t be as worthwhile.”

 Joshua has recently accepted an unconditional offer to enter 3rd year of the BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree at Perth UHI.

 “I hope to progress into working in the Engineering sector as either a Project or Quality Manager. I’d like to thank all my lecturers within D&A’s Engineering Department for making engineering mathematics make sense - finally!”