Jo McKillopPassionate would be an apt word to describe the amazing Jo McKillop, a woman who has had a remarkably positive impact on everyone at her college - including the staff! Jo has been nominated for our Student in a Million Unsung Hero award.
From volunteering for every open day and repairing expensive scientific equipment worth thousands of pounds, to representing the college at the LGBT Conference, you'd struggle to find a busier student.
All of Jo's efforts go to great causes. First and foremost, Jo cares for all of the students at West Thames, to whom she has always been a strong voice having regularly stuck up for her peers’ interests throughout her time at college. She ranks getting a student off a dodgy disciplinary as among her proudest achievements.
On top of that, she performed first aid on a student who collapsed in a classroom. She has volunteered for every open day. She has even set up student common-room events single-handedly without any expectation of anything in return. The list goes on.
Amazingly, Jo has managed all of this alongside the domestic responsibilities of caring for her mother who is wheelchair bound. According to her personal tutor, "there is no other student in the past five years who has contributed so much to the college and the welfare of its students".
With an interest in political issues, Jo has increased awareness of multiple gender identities to the college, educating people ignorant of the concept. Her sheer determination to break down boundaries helped the college experience their best-attended International Women's Day in March.
Given how unbelievably active she's been in student life for the past few years, Jo isn't quite sure where her future lies. But one thing is for sure: she'll be a brilliantly supportive asset wherever she goes in life.
About to start her third year, Jo studies applied biology and hopes to work in the field of environmental biology or horticulture.
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