Louise Brown is 34 and lives in Edinburgh. She studied HNC Professional Cookery and is the winner of the Merchant Company of Edinburgh Enterprise Award. Louise has been recognised for her perfectionism, incredible talent and her desire to never settle for second best. Whilst studying Louise took on many projects outside the college and has now set up a successful small cake business at home.
What made you choose Edinburgh College for your studies?
I liked the choice of courses available and I had a campus near where I lived do decided to go in one day and see if it was possible for me to enrol.
What were you doing before starting at the college?
I had taken a few years out from full time employment to raise my children and felt I needed to gain some more qualifications before getting back
What has been the best thing about studying at Edinburgh College? Any highlights?
I have really enjoyed my time at college, I was originally only going to be there for a year to see how I got on and ended up staying for four and graduating. I have had so many highlights, from taking part in Scot Hot, to attending Chef’s conferences and entering the cake bake show but I think the best moments for me were passing all my HNC specialist units with distinctions and going to Paris.
Did you face any challenges before starting or during your studies? How did you overcome them?
I think my biggest challenge (other than finding a parking space) was the paperwork, I managed for the SVQ`S but found the amount for the HNC overwhelming at the time. I have a habit of complicating things for myself and overthinking a lot, so I had to make a rota of what needed working on, and when, to enable me to prioritise.
If you could give one piece of advice to a student starting at the college now what would it be?
Do any paperwork you can as you go along the course, don’t leave it to mount up. It’s better to do small manageable amounts and keep on top off it.
What are your plans for the future? Are you going on to further study or into employment?
What is your end goal?
I am done with my studies, I have just accepted a job in catering and will be doing running my cake business alongside this. The dream is to have my own bespoke cake boutique.
Do you have any messages for the lecturers?
There were a few lecturers who really have a passion for what they do and it shows in their teaching – it really makes the difference. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the lecturers I’ve had over the past four years, especially Boyd Stewart for seeing potential in me.
Looking back, if you could do one thing differently what would it be and why?
I don’t think I would change anything.
What are you most proud of that you have achieved while studying at Edinburgh College? Graduating! I never achieved very much at high school and was a bit of a tear away, so to go back into higher education and actually do well means so much to me. Also, being awarded the Merchant Company of Edinburgh Enterprise Award is one of my greatest and proudest achievements.
What made you succeed at Edinburgh College?
In a word, Bursary (only kidding). Determination, and the support from lecturers were what made me succeed at Edinburgh College.