7th September 2004




Tourism has proved to be more than just a summer holiday for one University of Lincoln graduate.


Mirella Clark (24) has gained a first in European Tourism and has already taken up the position of Tourism Development Officer at West Lindsey District Council.


Mirella, of Yarborough Road, Lincoln, gave up her position in administration at Lincoln County Hospital to follow her desire to learn a foreign language and travel.


“The course covered such a lot,” said Mirella. “As well as learning Spanish, I studied the politics, geography, development and economics of the countries.


“During the second year I spent five months working in Spain which was a great experience.”


Without A-levels Mirella was unsure if she would be accepted on the course.


“Applying for university was a last-minute decision,” explained Mirella. “I didn’t have A-levels but I had gained my NVQ level 2 in Business Administration at college and then gained my level 3 working at the hospital.


“Going to university really was the best decision I ever made. It was a great experience and I’d recommend it to others. 


“I think that being a more mature student, not going straight from college, made me take the opportunity more seriously and I didn’t waste it.”


Mirella will graduate with other students from the Faculty of Business and Law on Wednesday 15th September at 7.30pm.


“Getting a first? Well, words can’t describe it really. When I opened the envelope I cried and so did my mother,” said Mirella.


“I was really shocked.  Of course I hoped I would get a first because I put a lot of work in to it but, well, it really was a shock.”


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01522 886244                         gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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