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How I came to Cliff - Student stories


Vicky

Vicky

"...I felt that God was at the heart of this college"

"Back in December 2009 the idea of coming to Cliff College started whirring round my brain. I had come to faith in Jesus the year before and subsequently He had been transforming my life day by day. I was at church one day and was lead to a Psalm that effectively said not to wait to be the person that God wanted me to be, but to seize an opportunity. I came on the Cliff open day just to get a feel of the place. It was an affirming day and I felt that God was at the heart of this College. It was a big decision and not without its risks; I am a 40-year-old woman with a less than healthy body, a mortgage to pay and no access to student finance, but it brought me peace when I decided to quit my job as a nurse, spend my savings and come. My journey is not about gaining a degree but spending time with and learning more about my God. Cliff College is not an easy option. God changes and moulds you while you are here, through study, self-reflection, community, worship and mission, but I would not have missed a minute, not even the most challenging ones."

 

Lucy


Lucy

"...I have never felt so sure that I was exactly where God wants me to be."

"Until two weeks prior to the start of the first semester, I had plans to study physiotherapy at Cardiff university. I had applied through UCAS and studied hard for my A levels to get the grades that were required for me to get in. There was a plan and a future and I was following the natural progression of somebody with my background. During that time, however, I was never sure that physiotherapy was the right thing for me to study. I couldn’t quite place it, but I had a feeling that the road I was on was not the one that God wanted. I eventually talked to my parents about how I was feeling two days before I would receive my A level results, and we all prayed together that God would reveal His plans through my results. I failed to get the right grades by a matter of a few marks and, although painful, I felt sure that it was part of God’s plan. Through UCAS’s clearing system I heard of Cliff College and their course in theology, and contacted them through their website. I personally had never heard of the College before, but my parents and close family friends had, and urged me to give it a look. I was still upset that I had failed to get my grades, and was apprehensive about the connotations of a ‘Bible college’, but prayed that God would open the doors to the right option. Within a matter of hours, I was emailed back with the perfect time for me to see the College and have an interview, and from then on everything clicked into place. I originally only planned to stay a year to do the Certificate, but am now convinced that I will stay to do the degree  - if not even longer! My future is now more uncertain than ever, my journey here was tough and everyday contains a challenge, but I have never felt so sure that I was exactly where God wants me to be."

Matt



Matt

"...these difficulties have strengthened my relationship with the Lord, his blessing being shown to me through the people he has placed in my life now from Cliff"

My name is Matt, I’m 22 years old and in my first year at Cliff College. After completing one year of A levels I decided that further education was not for me and went into full time employment. I would never have imagined that I would return to full time education, how wrong I was! I worked at a printing company for the 2 years before coming to Cliff. It was a really difficult decision to leave a steady well paid job to take a leap into the unknown. So in September 2010 I took the leap of faith to give the next 3 years of study here at Cliff to the Lord. This leap has not been easy, which I never expected in the first place. However, these difficulties have strengthened my relationship with the Lord, his blessing being shown to me through the people he has placed in my life now from Cliff. I have also been blessed greatly from those outside of college from the church, which has placed in my heart a determination to continue with this leap of faith and prepare for the next step on my journey with God. For the past two years I have been a local preacher in the Methodist Church which is something that I have really enjoyed and has challenged me, and I pray that my journey after Cliff is one which allows me to continue to serve the Lord and preach His love to all those I encounter. Finally, the Lord says in 1 Samuel 2:30 ‘Those who honour me I will honour’ and I pray every day that my actions at Cliff will now truly honour the Lord.


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