Remember Lucy Ritchie? The first winner of the 2015 UK Anders Tjellström Scholarship Award?
It has been an exciting year for the Scottish student. Here’s her story in her own words:
“Next month will be a year on since I found out I was going to be awarded the Anders Tjellström Scholarship. I can’t quite get over how quickly time has passed. The last year has been a very busy one for me – when I received the news I was just finishing my first year at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen where I am studying Management with Marketing.
The transition from school to university has been enjoyable and has allowed me to gain more independence with living away from home. This summer I got a job in the seaside village where I spend my summer holidays. I very much enjoyed working along with the staff and serving the lovely customers – many of whom congratulated me on the success of my award after seeing it in the news.
Come September it was time to take on one of the biggest challenges I’ve done to date, study abroad. As part of my degree I took part in the Erasmus program, where I went to study in a different country for a semester. I packed my bags and moved to a small city called Koblenz in Germany. I soon discovered I was the only native English speaker out of all the international students and what felt like the whole city. This made things slightly more challenging but the time I spent there was a very rewarding experience. I met some amazing people from all different cultures, had the privilege of teaching someone English and got to explore the beautiful country that Germany is. I am now back in Scotland, ready for second semester. My next adventure that lies ahead will be my third year work placement, which I look forward to – wherever I end up working.
None of the above would have been possible without my Baha sound processor and the support of the Anders Tjellström Scholarship. Throughout my life I’ve had many challenges to face, and having my hearing solution has allowed me to lead a completely normal life regardless of it all. My speech and hearing is just like everyone else’s and enables me to lead a normal everyday life socially and professionally.
The scholarship allowed me to travel throughout my time in Germany, visiting Berlin, Frankfurt and various other cities in the west. There were a lot of Christmas markets visited! I hope that it will also be able to help me in third year and help pay for rent wherever I end up.
I have lived my life beyond many people’s expectations and with the contribution from the Cochlear UK Anders Tjellström Scholarship Award, I can continue to do so and give people living with Treacher Collins syndrome and hearing loss a bit more hope for the future.
I would like to say a massive thank you to Cochlear. Their hard work globally has been life changing for so many people and I hope that with my story and their continuous hard work, we can continue to make a difference to people’s life with the products and services of Cochlear.”