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Elizabeth Stanley

Graduated 2018

Officer cadet, Elizabeth Stanley

I looked at my options and looked at Warsash Maritime School's reputation – this, for me, was where I wanted to be associated with. I genuinely believe I picked the best place, and the training I’ve received is unreal – so I’m glad I made the decision I’ve made.

I’ve met some amazing people – friends and colleagues – on the course. I probably met the best friend I’ve ever had on this course.

If anyone ever says to me, would you advise working at sea, I don’t even think about my answer. it’s always a yes.

The short courses were good fun, doing things like sea survival. Having to jump off a three-metre board into a pool with a massive lifejacket on, then getting into a circle. Firefighting was incredible too.

All of that put together? It’s an experience like no other in your life, and I’ve done this all through work, and with friends – which makes it all one great big amazing memory.

I had some incredible experiences with my lecturers. They were always there for us and supported us. I just can’t speak highly enough. They care so much about what they’re doing – and because they’re from the industry themselves, they understand it. They’ve had that experience, and it makes it so relatable.

I’m not the most academic person, but the lecturers helped me because they knew at times I struggled a little bit, and I’ll be forever grateful for that.