Student of the week: Mohima Khan

Mohima Khan

Mohima is studying Medical Science (Applied Science) a Level 3, Extended Diploma. Now in her second and final year she is currently President of NewVic’s Student Union.

Mohima has a very open and engaging manner which encourages positive dialogue with students, staff and governors. She has been an excellent student union president. She listens to students’ views and represents them effectively in many different settings. As a student governor, she speaks up for students and contributes regularly at college governing body meetings.

Mohima also spoke with me to prospective students and parents at our recent open day. She communicated a very positive and welcoming message based on her experience and she did it in a very natural and articulate way…..an excellent ambassador for the college and its students.”
Eddie Playfair – Principal, Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc)

How would you describe yourself in three words? Enthusiastic..Fun and ………...Confident.

What are you studying? And what drove you to pick this course/ these subjects?
Applied Medical Science, I chose it because I enjoyed studying it in school. My teachers played a big role in making science fun to study in class. The teachers always had imaginative ways to teach us new topics. They would bring ideas that weren’t typical and I found it fascinating. When I left I wanted to learn more.

What are your dreams and aspirations? Have you tackled any hurdles, setbacks or/and overcomes challenges that have affected what you want to do?
I hope to go in to paramedics. To begin with I was doing A-levels in the sciences I found it challenging. I wasn’t good with exams and the timing of the tests were difficult. I had to look for an alternative course, the course I am doing now enables me to do my best. It will still allow me to get into paramedics. There is a lot of course work but as long as I keep up with it, it’s has been ok. 

What made you choose NewVIc?
I chose NewVic College because of the opportunities here. In other colleges there is focus on students with the best grades, here I feel everyone is given the same opportunities as those students.

How have your teachers and tutors supported you in your studies and aspirations? What role has NewVIc played in your journey?
The teachers here at NewVic always help me and push me to my limits. They have helped build my confidence and I feel they encourage me to be the best I can be.

Have you used any of the services here i.e. counselling, skills centres, welfare support, enrichment -sports academy, leadership academy etc?. How have these enriched you as a person?
I’m currently involved in Sports Academy, I play football and I really enjoy it.  I also fundraise through the student union for two charities which are Water Aid and Save the children.

You are president of the student union, could you tell me a little about that?
As president I go to governor meetings and I help to voice the views of students at the college through a democratic process. At the recent student summit there was an anti-bullying questionnaire sent out asking what students think are the major causes of bullying. The result showed that a high level of students felt that racism was to blame for bullying, so we are looking into different areas including the effects of BREXIT on the college.

What are your future career plans/goals?  
University!  I’d especially like to go to St.George’s University Hospital to study Paramedic Science. I would also like to take a year out of the career field and do something different like be an air hostess and travel.

What is your advice for students who are considering coming to NewVIc?
Do not be afraid to ask lots of questions… oh and take all opportunities!

And what advice would you give current students?
I would say push yourself and don’t ever give up. There are points where studying can feel like a drag, but you have to keep going. I would say again take all opportunities, one example is when NewVic had the St. John’s Ambulance team come down and did a talk. After their talk, I went and spoke to them and now I have become a volunteer, I go to events with them to work. This has particularly been an advantage when applying for a university place.   

So whats next?
Well my next step is to finish and get the best grades I can.

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