No looking back for Durris crash victim

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The chance of gaining a degree was nearly snatched away from a young Deeside woman after she was involved in a serious car accident. But the determined student has lived her university life to the full, graduating from Robert Gordon University (RGU) with a BA (Hons) in Politics and Management on Tuesday 10 July.

Megan Douglas, 21, from Durris, embarked on a degree in Politics and Management at RGU with a strong passion for political affairs.

During her first year of university, the enthusiastic student grasped the opportunity to study overseas completing The Study China Programme which involved studying Mandarin as well as Chinese history, culture and economics at East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai, before travelling to Beijing for the summer.

Tragedy struck in August 2009 when Megan was involved in a car accident in which a drunk driver drove head on in to her car, writing her car off and leaving her with serious injuries which have resulted in ongoing health problems.

Despite the accident, the ambitious student progressed through her degree course relishing in another foreign study opportunity to learn in Paris through the study abroad programme at Advancia-Negocia, one of France’s leading Business Schools, founded by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1992.

Giving something back to the community has also played a key theme during Megan’s university life with additional responsibilities including working part-time as a youth worker and volunteering as a student tutor in local schools as part of a scheme sponsored by BP, encouraging children to consider further education.

Megan said: “The accident made me revaluate what’s important in life and helped me realise that you should seize opportunities and do things out with your comfort zone. I found studying in Paris a challenge but at the same time an amazing experience.

“I’m going to Australia in October to work in Melbourne for a year in a variety of youth worker positions.

“I’m thankful that I have the chance to see the world and work with disadvantaged children at the same time.”