A chance visit to the University of Stirling campus resulted in Ryan O’Hare making the “life-changing” decision to return to education.
“At secondary school, I didn’t obtain the grades required to go to University and I ended up studying at the City of Glasgow College before working full-time as a lifeguard,” the 26-year-old explained.
“A few years passed and I was visiting the Stirling campus one day. I picked up a prospectus and joked I was going to apply – and was then actually convinced that I should. A few weeks later, I was accepted onto my undergraduate course, a BSc Mathematics.”
On graduating, Ryan decided to stay on to study towards a Masters – a decision that has led to employment with the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority.
“I really valued the relationships that I’ve had with my lecturers – they were always there when I needed them,” he explained. “I also had the opportunity to undertake a project with the National Park Authority, carrying out data analysis for their Scottish Government reports.
“I have been kept on until March 2020 to complete the project.”