Breakthrough Award for Abanoub

blog-3Third year Pharmacy student Abanoub Arnoux has won the Day Lewis Plc Pharmacy MPharm Breakthrough Award  for the most improved grade from year 1 to year 2. This award of £500 is aimed at second year students to support and encourage them during what can often be the most challenging stage of their studies.

He met with Rhiannon Jameson, Pharmacy 3rd year student representative who asked him about his award.

 Rhiannon. “How did you feel when you found out you’d won the award?”

Abanoub. “I couldn’t believe it, it was completely unexpected. I almost deleted the email at first because I thought it was spam! After I’d read it, I had to double check with the School Office as I thought they’d made a mistake. But it was the greatest feeling ever. I’d never thought I’d be awarded anything like this. It really means a lot to me that the university was acknowledging the progress I was making. I think it’s a great award to be able to offer to students as it gives them motivation to succeed, even if they’re struggling at first.

Rhiannon “Do you have any advice for students who may be in a similar situation? That is, finding their first year, or any subsequent year very challenging?”

Abanoub. “Don’t give up. There’ll be times you’ll want to, there were a lot of times I thought I wouldn’t be able to achieve what I needed to with this course, but you just have to keep trying. Even if you get bad grades, you have to accept and work on trying to make the next ones better. You could say the same thing with life, you will always fall down, but if you want to be successful, you have to get back up.”

Congratulations to Abanoub.