Milea's story

Milea Leone

Milea Leone is City of Glasgow College’s Student President for 2018/19. She successfully achieved an HND in Hospitality Management and counts her time at Scotland’s flagship super college as exciting, stressful and lots of fun.

She grew up in Donegal in Ireland and attended St. Columba’s College in Stranorlar. Although her favourite subject at school was art, she opted for a career in Hospitality.

“A lot of my family work in hospitality, so I was used to being around the industry,” explained Milea. After gaining her Irish Leaving Certificate and leaving school, Milea chose to come to Scotland, which she had previously visited. She worked for a short time at STV but then decided to apply to college.

“The main reason I chose to study at City of Glasgow College was its excellent reputation, but also City campus had the perfect location. 

“I also liked how their Hospitality Management course was laid out; allowing students to undertake work experience, work in a training restaurant and kitchen, as well as the varied teaching methods.

“I particularly enjoyed working in Scholars, the college’s fine dining training restaurant. This gave me the chance to be a supervisor, manage Front of House and Back of House teams, as well as work on being professional in such an environment.” 

Milea’s first impression of City of Glasgow College was ‘wow’.

“Initially I was overwhelmed by the size of the college and its architecture, but after exploring the different areas I soon felt comfortable and excited to be studying there.

“My learning experience was very positive. Different teaching methods were used throughout which kept me interested. I had a good relationship with all my lecturers, especially my guidance tutor who I felt able to speak to about any learning concerns or difficulties I had.

“I think the college has definitely prepared me for the future. Gaining experience in different areas of my course has given me a better understanding of my strengths and the potential career path that suits me.”  

Towards the end of her final year, Milea decided to run for Student President.

“I wasn’t sure if I would be right for the role or confident enough to take on such a huge responsibility. Ultimately what made me go for it was the positive experience I had being Vice President and my passion for trying my best to improve the student experience. 

“It has, at times, been daunting and nerve-racking but the highs make up for that. Such as getting to meet so many different people, gaining confidence, and seeing the positive impact your hard work has on the students. A lot of my projects are ongoing, but once implemented, the achievements I will be most proud of are the changes to timetabling for the new academic year and outdoor furniture for our Riverside campus.”

Milea’s time as Student President finishes at the end of June. She has accepted a place at university and, while keen to explore different options including travelling or working in a different country, her five-year plan is to achieve a Bachelor’s degree and have her career well underway.

For students starting or contemplating college, Milea has these words of wisdom:

“Enjoy your time at college, work hard, stay focused and get involved in the Students’ Association!”

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I particularly enjoyed working in Scholars, the college’s fine dining training restaurant. This gave me the chance to be a supervisor, manage Front and Back of House teams, as well as work on being professional in such an environment.

Milea Leone