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Definition; persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
At the age of 11 I decided I was going to be an engineer. At the age of 16 I decided I was going to Loughborough university to study Engineering. Today I am the only female engineer on my team, at a leading engineering company. However, how I got here wasn’t easy.
From an early age I struggled with mathematics. My English and science was very good but not at the standard which allowed me to pick science and maths at A level. I was refused by teachers to pursue my passion, to study engineering. However, my GCSE engineering teacher persuaded me to just pick engineering as a topic at A level and pursue my dream by any means necessary. Alongside side my other subjects I picked product design and art as my other options. I passed all my A levels at a good grade and was awarded a scholarship to Loughborough university at the age of 19. I was overflowing with joy. What a blessing!
I started design with engineering materials at Loughborough university in 2011. In my first year I struggled with maths yet again. I struggled so bad that I failed my first-year exam and was scheduled to re-sit. If I failed again I was told that I would have to leave the course. After so many years of fighting to get here I felt like my pursuit was over. With help from my mom, we found a tutor that would help me with my maths alongside my studies to support my re-sit exam. This cost me £15 a week. As a student, finances were already tight, so as you can imagine this was difficult for me. A week before my re-sit and second year starting, I received a call from Loughborough university saying that they had remarked my exam and that I had in fact passed. Could you imagine?! I instantly got down on my knees and cried. God was so good to me. I had already packed my bags, I had FAITH that no matter what I was going back to university. I knew I deserved to be there.
In my second year I decided to continue having math lessons and I was steadily improving. I gained over 60% in most of my tests and achieved 55% in my mechanics exam. My grades were never perfect. I was an average/low 2.2, throughout my first two years (50%). However, I was the first one to be accepted on my placement year. Although I struggled academically I was confident in my skills and I wasn't afraid to get hands on in practical activity.
I started my final year at Loughborough in 2014. Luckily enough there wasn’t any maths involved, but I had to ensure that everything that I had learned carried through to my final year for my exams. This was my final chance. I had accepted an offer from JCB as a graduate engineer on the condition that I achieved a 2.1 (60%) and above. Being around the 55% mark didn’t seem much, but every mark counted and I was anxious that I wouldn’t be able to do it. With perseverance, I buried my head in my books and I studied on average over 40 hours a week. My entire final year saw days spent in the library. I did sport in my spare time to give my mind a break. There were days I cried, and stressed over how much I had to do... Those library walls saw many prayers from me.
On July 16th 2015, I received an email saying that I achieved a 2.1 (60.3%). My mom and I got down on our knees and cried and thanked God. Those four years were not in vain. All I did was give my best and let God do the rest for me. When I look back, I truly see how perseverance made me into a new person.
I was determined to achieve my goals.
To pick Loughborough at the age of 16 without any knowledge of knowing how hard it could be, was ambitious. But I’m a true believer that if something is for you, its FOR YOU.
I am now the only female engineer on my team. Being that there were few females on my course at university, I was already used to this environment. Infact, I thrive in it.
As I stated, I’m confident in my abilities and now my degree is just another stepping stone which made me into the woman I am today.
Passion Pursuit and Perseverance.
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Imani is studying a Character Education Masters. She is passionate about giving individuals a space to reflect on their journey through life. On this blog we will explore different character virtues, share life experience and much more.