Daniel came to the UK in May 2015 from Eritrea at the age of 15.
He was enrolled at a secondary school in Kent but without good English language skills struggled with GCSEs. In 2016 he started at Dover East Kent College and enrolled on a Level 1 Motor Vehicle course, alongside qualifications in Maths and English.
Daniel said, “The journey wasn’t easy; I was struggling a lot. I wasn’t sure what course I need to take. I only knew about Doctor and Engineering courses. Every time people asked me what course I was going to do, I used to say Doctor or Engineering.
“When I finished school, I was applying to different colleges and for different courses. However, I didn’t have good grades, so, the only options for me were courses in motor mechanics, construction or childcare.
“My dream was to go to university and make my whole family proud because none of them has been to university. When I spoke to my course tutor and explained how much I wanted to go to university, he explained I could do a course in motor mechanics that would allow me to eventually progress onto university to do engineering.
“Once I finished the Level 2 Motor Vehicle course, I changed into Motor Sport so that is more to do with engineering. I also took Maths GCSE and Level 2 English.
“As part of my course, I did work experience with DFDS. Me and another student from the college worked there for one week and at the end of the week, they offered us a job as an apprentice. My classmate took it, but I turned it down because my dream was to go to university.
“After finishing the Level 3 Motor Sport course, I started a Foundation course in Mechanical Engineering at Kingston University and then switched to a degree in Business Management at Canterbury Christ Church University.
I believe having lots of work experience helped me to get to university. It shows how passionate I am.”