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My student experience as a Health and Social Care student

For our Student Spotlight series this month, we caught up with Health and Social Care student Kshama Patel. Kshama talks about her experience at RCL so far, and how she has found online learning. Let us find out more about Kshama’s journey into higher education, her experience with the college, and what her plans are for the future after graduation.

What was your background before joining the college?

Before studying at Recent, the highest qualification I hold is a BTEC Business and Finance qualification that I received many years ago.  My background has always involved Accounting and Math and I have been working for over 30 years in various roles, but currently, I work at a school, mentoring students.  As I have spent so much time caring for family members, I am glad that my degree involves a sense of caring for and looking after people – I enjoy studying healthcare.

What made you decide to study with us?

It is a funny story! I spent a few years working opposite the RCL Harrow campus and never knew what Regent College London was. I decided to Google it one day and found that it was exactly what I was looking for and immediately made enquiries! I have spent my life working in different industries, and caring for family members, and thought, it was time to do something for myself now. I was always looking at different universities and courses, and when I found RCL, it was a perfect fit. RCL offers flexible timetables, which is great as I can study, work, and spend time with my children. With the support of my children, I made the decision to enrol. It was the best decision I have made in a long time, and I have not looked back since!

What has been your experience as an RCL student?

To be honest, I was very daunted at first, the prospect of studying online scared me a little. As I work in a school, I was aware of how students have struggled to study virtually. As I am quite a hands-on and proactive individual, I did not enjoy the first 6 weeks, as I struggled to adapt to learning virtually. However, as I got used to the new norm back then and started understanding the different modules and ways of learning, I really began to enjoy the new way of learning.

I am now the Regent College President and everything I am learning in this role is invaluable – I am thoroughly enjoying it every day! For the last 30 years, I have been working in Accounting, Retailing, and a varied number of roles, and now studying this Healthcare course is fantastic! I am already looking to study further once I complete my bachelor’s degree.

Life is for living, and for learning, and I believe that every day you can learn something from someone – it is the biggest education life can give you. I am super excited to go to Campus this September and get the University learning experience in a classroom with my peers.

Have there been aspects that you have found particularly helpful?

I enjoy extracurricular activities, and I like to involve myself in the different sessions available. They are helpful and aid my learning. I immerse myself in the college and everything it has to offer.

What do you plan to do next?

Another degree, hopefully! I am hoping to study for a Master’s in Health and Social Care and then I want to keep learning. After my Graduation, I would be eager to stay in touch with different members of the college, or even get a job here! With my degree, the world is my oyster. I have cared for people most of my life, it is now my time to invest in myself. If this course gives me some aspects to helping others, which is the main reason I chose to study it, it was built for me.

What would your advice be to other students taking similar career paths?

Join, sign up! Make sure that you are aware of the course you want to learn and the modules it entails. If you are sure about what you want to do in life, do not make compromises. You will benefit and appreciate the support structure here along with the mental health support and the academic support. I absolutely enjoy what they do, the support is great, and always available.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I think everything! I feel humbled and privileged that I am taught by such knowledgeable tutors.  I am in awe of their expertise and patience. Different tutors have different methods of teaching, there is always great interaction within the classes. I appreciate and embrace each tutor’s methods and like to think I have a great rapport with them.

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