ESOL student Zainab Al-Maryati’s touching words about her educational journey landed her a first place win for a competition asking students how college has changed their life.
Despite suffering from the debilitating condition Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Zainab has gone on to complete her college ESOL course and is furthering her education to make her dream of studying Biology at university a reality.
The month long competition invited students to write about the impact college has had on their life and how it has changed them. Entries came from students across the college from various courses. Principal Monica Box, and Vice-Principal Amanda Hayes had the hard task of selecting a winner from the wealth of moving and inspiring testimonials.
‘When I found out I had won I was so shocked and very surprised. I think I’ll do some shopping at Westfield with the money I won!’ said Zainab
Zainab was awarded her £100 prize money from Vice-Principal Amanda Hayes during a small ceremony at the college.
Speaking about coping with MS Zainab added;
‘It made studying hard but I refused to give up. I kept going even when it was very difficult for me because being at the college inspired me. I really like KCC.’
An extract from Zainab’s winning entry reads:
‘Coming to college not only helps expand my knowledge of English but also helps with my self-esteem and my relationship with my family. I am really proud of myself and every time I look at the photos that I put on Facebook of all the places I go to with my family, I realise that I am very strong person even if I have been suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) since 2004. So, despite my illness, I haven’t given up on life and learning. So, has KCC changed my life? Yes, it has indeed. The other day, I learnt the expression ‘you live and learn’. Well, it is literally true in my case.’
Date published: 8 July 2013