Celebrating the 2022 Outstanding Commitment to Study runner-up

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Every year CAVA celebrates our students with the two CAVA awards - the ‘Outstanding Commitment to Study’ award and the ‘Outstanding Academic Achievement’ award. Last year we received incredible stories from a range of different CAVA members. Among all of the worthy nominations, these four students stood out.

For the academic year 2022-23 our runner up for Outstanding Commitment to Study, was Cherie Shepherd who completed the Access to HE Diploma (Science) at Nottingham Trent University.

Cherie Shepherd

Despite a daunting array of health challenges, including Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), dyslexia, and ADHD, Cherie displayed remarkable resilience throughout her studies.

  Beginning her course, Cherie quickly demonstrated her ability and commitment to succeed. Whilst she lived with carers due to her health conditions, she navigated her studies with an extraordinary level of dedication. Her routine included long hours at the library whilst balancing her academic responsibilities with the demands of being a mother.

  Cherie's resolve was particularly evident in March 2023, following a serious health episode that resulted in her hospitalisation. Against medical advice, she returned to college immediately after being discharged, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to her education.

  Despite the significant obstacles, Cherie achieved Distinction grades and is currently studying at the University of Nottingham towards a MNutr integrated masters in Dietetics. Her success is not only a personal triumph but also a true inspiration for others facing similar challenges. Cherie's story exemplifies that with determination and resilience, overcoming even the most daunting barriers is possible. Congratulations Cherie for being the 2022-23 runner up of the CAVA Outstanding Commitment to Study award.