25 February 2015
Year 11 students attended Get Ahead at UCLan event during half-term break
Pic: Pendle Vale College students Harisah Shah and Komal Younas taking part in a team building event.
Teenagers from across the county have spent their half-term holiday enjoying a taste of university life.
The group of Year 11 pupils spent three days at the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Preston Campus learning valuable skills including study techniques, how to write a CV and how to budget their finances.
They also had fun taking part in practical leadership and team building workshops which included hula hoops, balls and interlocking building blocks in the state-of-the-art Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre.
Some of the youngsters who attended had previously taken part in one of UCLan’s Junior University programmes.
One of them was Komal Younas, from Pendle Vale College. The 15-year-old said: “I’ve loved meeting new people, both from my fellow age group and the UCLan student ambassadors, and enjoyed having new experiences.”
“I’ve loved meeting new people, both from my fellow age group and the UCLan student ambassadors, and enjoyed having new experiences.”
(Hayyaan Aqeel-Abrar, from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, who enjoyed the Get Ahead at UCLan event.)
She was joined at the event by fellow Pendle Vale College student Harisah Shah. The 15-year-old added: “I’ve really enjoyed learning practical skills and getting hands on with a variety of the events we’ve done. It’s been great how some topics which aren’t the most interesting have been made really interesting and engaging.”
Hayyaan Aqeel-Abrar, 15, from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Blackburn, attended all three days. He said: “It’s really helped me with ideas for revision techniques and how to write my CV to make sure I say the correct things. It’s also been great meeting and having a laugh with new people.”
It was the first time UCLan has run the Get Ahead at UCLan event for Year 11 students in the February holiday.