Elle Fraser was an S6 student at Culloden Academy in Inverness until this summer and is currently volunteering in the USA while waiting for her results on August the 6th.
“I was no longer a pupil in school learning from handouts- I was apart of a group that independently researched and read complex books.”
At the end of 5th year I truly believed that school no longer had anything beneficial to offer me.
Therefore, I decided that I would be better off leaving for a job before University. When my guidance teacher laid out my options, I opted to do some advanced Highers, however it became apparent it was going to take more than school subjects to sustain my interest in seeing the end of 6th year.
I have always had an interest in studying law from very early on and elected to study subjects in secondary school that correlated with the skills acquired to study that subject. However, school was never able to explicitly expose me to the direct study of law.
My guidance teacher informed me about the option of studying the Business Law module at degree level, at Inverness College UHI. In the first instance I was hesitant to apply as it seemed like an unattainable course to take on. Nevertheless, I submitted my application and attended an informal interview and got a place where I came into college one a week to study in a face to face setting.
From the offset, I instantly felt a difference in my learning environment. I was no longer a pupil in school learning from handouts- I was apart of a group that independently researched and read complex books. The exposure to this dynamic has effectively pushed me out of the ‘school’ mindset, which will in turn smoothen my transition into University.
Despite taking my studies into my own hands my lecturer went above and beyond to ensure I was fully grasping content. We were in close contact via VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) which has given me greater understanding of tools which Universities use.
Not only did my module give me the utmost scope in terms of legal content, but empowered me whilst teaching me how to actually learn.