Hibah is a student at New City College Redbridge Campus, and has won an award for being Health and Social Care Student of the Year! She would love to become a researcher and to practice clinical psychology.


Tell us about your education journey – what and where did you study before coming to NCC?

I went to primary school in London, however, New City College was where I studied after moving away to Pakistan for four years. Coming back to London, I joined NCC with a degree in memorising the entire holy Quran by heart.


What are your plans for next steps?

I have two more years at New City College and I am ecstatic that my efforts were recognised for my hard work in the Health and Social Care course. After completing my BTEC Level 3 Diploma, I plan to go to university to study Psychology, as I would love to become a researcher and to practice clinical psychology.


What’s your ambition in life?

My ambitions in life are, to remain surrounded by my loved ones and to continue making them proud. Also to utilise my journey to the best of my ability and to reach beyond the best of my abilities in all aspects of life whilst living it to the fullest.


What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned on your course?

Recently, we studied Human Health and Development where we were able to learn with practical dummies. For example, we were taught how to take their blood pressure and how to check a pulse. Studying Health and Social Care has allowed me to see everything from a different perspective. Everyday we learn something new or something that will expand our knowledge.


How did New City College help you achieve?

New City College has allowed me to pursue the course that supports and empowers my educational ambitions. I feel I now have a huge amount of essential knowledge. Alongside this, I love being able to learn confidently and safely.


What values are most important to you?

Never change your inner self for anyone – remain the same, regardless of where you are. Also, never accept defeat.

Choose the people that bring out the best in you and never do anything half hearted – everything in life requires our utmost attention and effort.


What is the biggest change you wish to see in the world?

Everyone being able to openly respect and honour one another’s opinions, beliefs and feelings. If all of us thought and believed the same, we wouldn’t be able to experience different perspectives. Which is why this world needs to change the way it treats people regarding respect, and to start recognising everyone for the unique and beautiful qualities they have.


What is the best advice you have ever received?

Never accept defeat – I was given this advice by my beloved father.


If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 15-year-old self?

There is so much I would say. Although, I would make sure that she knows that the hard work she put, in and the trust she had, all pays off and was worth it in the end. Also that her dreams will expand into things much greater and bigger!


What makes you feel positive?

I enjoy being surrounded by my family and positive people, being productive, drinking coffee and reading!


Who is your role model?

My loving parents and maternal grandparents.


Who is your favourite teacher and why?

Throughout my time at New City College, I have had the privilege to be taught by amazing and wonderful teachers. It would be hard to choose one as every single one of them are fabulous in their own ways. But a special mention to Sarah, who, with her constant encouragement, has always made sure that I was performing to the best of my ability and that I reached my full potential. Sarah always greets us with a huge smile when we enter the classroom.

Secondly, Sharareh Shad my maths teacher deserves a mention. She is amazing and her class was an aspect of my week that I looked forward to. She views my accomplishments as though they were her own! As well as her unique little greeting comments on the board, she always offers a welcoming and secure learning atmosphere. These small things really make my learning much more enjoyable and effective.


What is the best thing about New City College?

Being able to learn in an atmosphere where I am encouraged and empowered. I am provided with the best materials to support my learning, and being recognised and appreciated for the effort I put in, whilst being surrounded with amazing and helpful staff across the campus.


If you had three wishes, what would they be?

Accomplish all I have ever wanted and more – academically and in my personal life.

Be surrounded by my loved ones for a very long time to come.

To remain and continue to be the best version of myself, who will continue to make my loved ones proud.