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Alexander Paterson, first-class BSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management

Alexander Paterson has graduated with a first-class honours degree in Environmental Resource Management.

“An important lesson I have learnt during the past four years is that any problem can be overcome, and it is one’s own reaction to that problem which makes it seem difficult.

“Whenever I felt overwhelmed, I would take a break, do some exercise, play my guitar or draw some pictures to take my mind off things. This allowed me to approach the problem from a different perspective and with a calm head.”

Alexander Paterson chanced across the Environmental Resource Management course at SRUC when he was Alexander Pspeaking to a careers advisor about his options for studying at university.

“I have always had a strong interest in environmental issues,” he said. “I had initially considered doing horticulture, but as the careers advisor flipped through the SRUC prospectus, I just happened to see the page for HNC Countryside & Environmental Management, read into it, and it seemed perfect for me. A very lucky and fateful coincidence.”

Four years later, the 21-year-old from Kirriemuir has graduated with a first-class honours degree and is considering his options for the future.

“I am currently deciding which path I want to take,” he said. “I am seriously considering doing a Masters degree in one of three disciplines –marine, freshwater, or planning.

“I am also looking at getting a job as it is attractive to make a change from education.

“All things aside, I want to continue to develop the skills I have learned throughout my time at SRUC such as GIS, researching and fieldwork, and learn new ones, so I am trying to plan my next steps based on this.”

He admits that while at times the course was challenging, the small class sizes at SRUC offered a “comfortable learning environment”.

He also praised his lecturers for being “knowledgeable, experienced, and above all friendly”.

“An important lesson I have learnt during the past four years is that any problem can be overcome, and it is one’s own reaction to that problem which makes it seem difficult,” he said.

“Whenever I felt overwhelmed, I would take a break, do some exercise, play my guitar or draw some pictures to take my mind off things. This allowed me to approach the problem from a different perspective and with a calm head.”

 

 

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