Stephanie Humphreys is getting ready to pack up her life in Holyhead and move to Southampton at the end of August, with her course starting in September. The course will teach Stephanie how to be a Deck Officer, and will include tutorials on how to sail and manage a ship, as well as key life skills such as first aid.
Stephanie said: “Being offered this sponsorship is amazing, it hasn't properly sunk in yet and I don't think it will until I actually move down to Southampton. I am over the moon with this opportunity and it always brings a smile to my face when I think about it.”
A life at sea has always interested Stephanie: she has worked on the Seacoast Safari in Beaumaris, and at the shipping docks in Holyhead. Last year she completed 10 days work experience at sea, where she got the opportunity to sail the ship whilst it was half way through the voyage!
Stephanie is the first student from Coleg Menai’s Travel and Tourism course to be accepted onto this scholarship. She added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the course over the last two years. I have learnt many things that will help me in my future career and my life in general. The three teachers I've had (Sharon Jones, Hilary Jones, Cath Skipp) have been amazing and have all helped me get to university. I will be forever grateful to them.”
Following her three-year course at Southampton, Stephanie hopes to someday work with the deck team onboard a Royal Carribean cruise ship.
She added: “I have dreamt of working with Royal Caribbean for quite some time now. I remember going on one of their cruises in 2009 around the Mediterranean, and the staff were amazing, very friendly, and it seemed like a great work environment. Royal Caribbean owns the five largest cruise ships in the world and the thought of one day working on one of those ships is amazing.”
The college’s programme leader for Travel and Tourism, Sharon Jones said: “Stephanie has been an excellent student throughout the two years: completely dependable, polite, hard working and keen to succeed. She has worked extremely hard in gaining her well-deserved place with Clyde Marine Training."
Stephanie’s message for any woman hoping for a career at sea is: “Don't stop - keep going and keep following your dream. If anyone pushes you down, show them that you can get back up.”
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