Inquisitive students had the chance to talk to a real “success story” from Nelson and Colne College as part of Europe Day.
MEP Sajjad Karim spoke to students about achieving aspirations and the role of Europe during the engaging and informative event at NCC. As well as hosting seminars to hundreds of students, Sajjad also spoke to a small group during a lunchtime question and answer session.
The College was decorated in bunting for the special event, and talented Catering students also produced some delicious European delicacies as part of the day. Other activities included students hosting a mock referendum outside the College’s Refectory, a passionate student debate and a “Travelling to Europe” student workshop.
During his talks, Sajjad described how his career, which involves providing advice to influential figures such as the Prime Minister, all began at NCC, and encouraged students to always believe in their ability. He also urged students to start thinking about whether they feel the United Kingdom should remain in the EU.
Addressing the students, the MEP, who studied A Levels at NCC back in 1986, said: “Every one of you that is sat here has the ability to reach levels you cannot imagine – it is about believing in yourself and taking advantage of any opportunity that comes your way. Thank you for the tremendously warm welcome you have given to me today.”
As part of the day, Sajjad was also given a tour of NCC’s impressive facilities, including the new £2million Engineering department, by Assistant Principals Alison Rushton and Paul Britton.
Principal Amanda Melton, who joined Sajjad and students for the Q&A session, said: “Thank you to Sajjad for taking the time out of his extremely busy schedule to return to his roots and speak to students as part of our fantastic Europe Day.
“The event has been a real success, and it has been an absolute pleasure to see so many students asking intellectual questions, sharing their own beliefs, and getting involved in the running of the day. Once again, they have been a credit to themselves and to NCC.”
Level 3 Public Services student Sam Diggins, 18, added: “It was really interesting listening to Sajjad and hearing what he had to say in response to questions.
“He didn’t expect he would end up as part of the European Parliament, so it shows how far you can come if you try. It has definitely given me motivation and inspired me.”
As well as providing a diverse curriculum, NCC also ensures all students are given opportunities to engage with enrichment days, like Europe Day.
For more information about life at NCC visit www.nelson.ac.uk or contact 01282 440272.