I learnt a lot about myself during my time at Reigate College. I had many challenges to overcome, but the support I got from all members of staff has shaped who I’ve become.

I loved all the extra-curricular sporting opportunities available and the chance to develop my skills as a rugby player.

I’d known for a while that I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare, but I hadn’t decided on Nursing until after my A Level results. I’d already set my heart on studying at the University of Plymouth as I loved all the area had to offer.

The course is perfect for me, a complete mix of practical and theoretical studying along with twenty weeks of placement a year. It’s full on and a lot is expected from me (especially when on placement) but having a purpose and knowing you are doing your best for someone in need makes it all worthwhile.

Plymouth has strong Naval connections and since coming here I’ve joined the Devon University Royal Naval Unit. I’m now an Officer Cadet and am hoping to join the Royal Navy as a Nursing Officer when I graduate in 2023.

Being involved in the Navy has opened up so many wonderful opportunities, including the chance to speak to serving Nursing Officers, take part in sea operations, training exercises on Dartmoor, a ski trip, sporting events and training, in addition to the more traditional military and marine tasks. I’ve realised a career in the Navy will not only support me in doing further study and gaining specialist skills, but also provide so many opportunities outside of my day-to-day clinical work.

I’m really involved in community life being on the committee for the University of Plymouth Women’s Rugby Team as well as working as a Lifeguard at a local leisure centre and a lido in the summer months. My one piece of advice to students, whether you choose to study at university or not, is to get stuck in and make those opportunities happen for yourself. It’s all one big learning curve!

Becca Heath

Reigate College: 2018-2020

Currently: Nursing student

Higher Education: Nursing, Plymouth University

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