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"My name is Daniel, I am from Eritrea, and I came to the UK as a refugee. I came here without any family and without any qualifications and I was placed under care with a foster family. I lived with them for about 3 years, during which I was at school. After this I then attended Dover Technical College and studied their Motor Vehicle pathway before going to university. I am currently in my final year of university.
My role here at Ashford College is Student Progression Mentor, which means I help in the classes, and I also help the students with bursary applications, meetings, other applications, and anything that they need.
I always want to help young people and inspire them, especially those which have a refugee background, as I do understand their circumstances having gone through the same journey. I came here with no qualifications and couldn’t speak a word of English, but I got many opportunities and got into university. I want to inspire other young people to not to take life for granted and use the opportunities that they are given.
My best part of the job is talking to the students, as some of them are really inspiring and interesting and want to know more about university. They come to me and ask questions about the routes to go onto further education and what they can do at this time. I’m happy to see that people are really interested in going to university and are educating and dedicating themselves to it. I want to see people achieving their dreams, and getting those good opportunities, as well as working hard alongside their other personal responsibilities.
I am also working with other ESOL colleges, what makes Ashford stand out is that it has got different levels for ESOL and here we support students at all levels. You can start from the bottom and if you want to progress it you can, instead of struggling to achieve what you are capable of. I’m sure students will love it here and I would recommend Ashford College as a place to study.
If a student requires my help, they can find me in ESOL classes, normally entry 1 and entry 2, where I try to encourage them and support them. You can also find me in the office by the EHUB, and I am available by college email."