A MATURE student from Evesham, who is fulfilling a long-held dream of university studies, has been recognised by the University of Worcester for her outstanding academic achievements.
Kristina Davis was awarded a £1,000 scholarship for outstanding academic achievement throughout the 2019/20 academic year, earned despite the unprecedented circumstances created by the pandemic.
“I have been dreaming for many years to be here, studying at the University of Worcester,” said the 38-year-old, who is currently in the second year of a joint degree in Graphic Design and Illustration.
“Dreams do come true, you just need to hold on to them. Although I am already happy my dream came true, now I’m twice as happy to achieve an Academic Scholarship. Hard work has paid off.”
She plans to spend the money on her 10-year-old son, who she said had been, and continued to be, very supportive of her studies and had given her advice on her work.
Kristina, a former WCG – Warwickshire College pupil, first came to see the University of Worcester for an Open Day in 2012 but was not in a position to start a course then with her young son to look after.
But studying during a pandemic was not something she had anticipated in her plans.
“During the lockdown tutors where extremely helpful, you could ask anything at any time and you would get support.
The sad thing was not being able to come to university, to see your classmates, have a chat with your tutor.”
During the first lockdown Kristina looked after two older couples, doing their shopping and getting their medication as their family members were unable to.
University of Worcester Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost, Professor Sarah Greer, said: “Despite the challenges they have been faced with during the pandemic, these students have proved their commitment to their studies, and we hope this award will inspire them to further academic success.