Cerys struggled with both subjects at school but knew she would eventually need to get the grades necessary to pursue her chosen career.
The 20 year-old, from Ffynnongroyw near Prestatyn, signed up to Skills for Adults courses at the college’s Deeside site and after several attempts, secured the grades needed.
Now studying Nursing at Liverpool John Moore’s University, she is one step closer to her goal of working in a hospital A&E department.
“I really didn’t like maths or English at school and never took to them, so that held me back at times,” said Cerys.
“But I knew how important they were going to be for me in the future, so I decided to take the Essential Skills classes alongside the Level 3 Health and Social Care course I was attending at Coleg Cambria Deeside.”
Currently working at a care home in Bagillt, she began her higher education in March, as lockdown was just about to begin.
“That was really challenging as I had to do all coursework and assignments at home and haven’t had the chance to meet any of my fellow students or make new friends,” said Cerys.
“We will be starting properly this month, so I look forward to that.”
She added: “I owe a lot to the tutors at Cambria because I don’t believe I would have passed my exams, especially maths, if not for them.
“Because I didn’t enjoy it, I found it harder to grasp, but they broke things down and made it a lot simpler for me to understand.
“They showed me an alternative and fun way to learn, and as a result I got there in the end and can look forward to my future in nursing.”
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