Mykenlande Dorasin has been named Milton Keynes College Student of the Year
Best known as Mickey, she studied for a Level 3 Diploma in Business and to city HR consultancy, People In Flow where she worked as a marketing assistance and researcher.
Originally from the Turks and Caicos Islands, she arrived in Britain just two years ago and had many obstacles to overcome on the way to becoming an excellent student.
Mickey also scooped the prize for best student in the Business school.
Mickey credited the support and friendship of her classmates for helping her when she first came to the UK, saying they made such a big difference to her life.
Mickey has come a long way since arriving in the country and despite finding life here strange at first, along with struggles with workload, she praised her tutors for being brilliant, helpful and supportive.
The achievements of students at Milton Keynes College were celebrated at a fabulous awards night held at Woburn Sculpture Gallery.
Dr Julie Mills, executive and Group Principal at Milton Keynes College, said the awards are important to celebrate individual and collective success by way of inspiration to their fellow staff and students.
The theme for the 2019 event was Reasons to Be Diverse and aimed to promote the message that if businesses want to employ the most able people, they need to spread their recruitment net as widely as possible.
The event celebrated more than twenty students who performed incredibly well and welcomed many people from the city's business community to share in the awards evening.
The college is a major provider of education in prisons and named Sandra Juden (centre) Prison Services Teacher of the Year.
Students across the college also voted for their top teacher, who was named as Tess Gazeley, who teaches access to High Education courses.
The wonderful food on the night was provided by the college's own catering students, while the musical entertainment was provided by those from Performing Arts.