Zanib’s hard work pays off with univer­sity of­fer

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

AN Uxbridge Col­lege stu­dent has been re­warded for her hard work after she was of­fered a place at univer­sity to study crim­i­nol­ogy just four years after she moved to Bri­tain from Pak­istan.

At an award cer­e­mony held on Thurs­day Septem­ber 15, fea­tur­ing the in­ter­na­tional hur­dler Julz Adeni­ran as a spe­cial guest, stu­dents were ac­knowl­edged for their ef­forts.

Zanib Shahid joined Uxbridge Col­lege in 2012 after re­cently mov­ing to the coun­try with very lit­tle spo­ken or writ­ten English and very few qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

After her four years study­ing busi­ness cour­ses along­side maths and English, the 20-year-old now has equiv­a­lent of A lev­els and will be go­ing on to univer­sity.

Prin­ci­pal of the col­lege, Laraine Smith OBE, said: “[It was] a won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion of the suc­cesses of our stu­dents, our em­ployer part­ners and the col­lege as a whole. Con­grat­u­la­tions to ev­ery­one.

“For our stu­dents we had a chance to recog­nise their many achieve­ments, in­clud­ing their aca­demic and vo­ca­tional achieve­ments, which are of­ten come by de­spite many chal­lenges.”

Julz Adeni­ran, an Olympic hope­ful hur­dler, pre­sented the awards at the Beck The­atre in Hayes.

He also spoke of his jour­ney of be­com­ing an ath­lete and of his dev­as­ta­tion when his 2016 Olympic hopes were spoiled by a bro­ken Achilles ten­don.

Ms Smith added: “Julz was a real in­spi­ra­tion to ev­ery­one and made the evening re­ally spe­cial and I’d like to say a big thank you to him for com­ing along.”

n RECOG­NI­TION: Zanib Shahid re­ceives her award from hur­dler Julz Adeni­ran

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