Celebrating Success 2021: Nikola Zimowska 

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Student of the Year and South Essex College Student of the Year 2021 
Nikola Zimowska 

Nikola, from Westcliff, was crowned overall Student of the Year at this year’s Celebrating Success ceremony. Nikola, 17, studied on the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course at the college’s Southend Campus.

Nikola was nominated because of her rapid progression and her supportive and helpful attitude to her fellow students.

Prior to coming to the college Nikola had lived and had studied in Poland, her native country.

Currently she has achieved Entry 3 English qualification, Entry 3 Employability and Level 1 Maths and wants to study public services before going to university. She hopes to become a police officer in the future.

Nikola said: “My time at South Essex College has helped build my confidence, taught me how to make a CV and how to get through a good interview. I have gained communication and work skills.”

Her tutor said: “Nikola has been an exemplar of a learner during her two years here at the college. Having started at Entry 1, in such a short space of time, she excelled in her English ability and leapfrogged Entry 2 to gain a place in Entry 3, where this academic year, she has really shined. 

“But it is when she was nominated to be the course rep where she really came into her own. A constant presence among her peers, she is always there to support them, take on board their ideas. I can actually imagine her being a teacher herself one day as she has such a personable rapport with everyone and is always so helpful.”

Nikola added: “I'm feeling absolutely amazed and surprised that I have won these awards. I didn't expect it, but I'm so proud of myself because I know I worked hard for them. I would like to say thank you to my fantastic teachers, it's all thanks to them, they taught me everything that I know now and I wouldn't have  achieved this without their support.”