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As part of a “Beat the January Blues” campaign run by the Student Support team, over 150 students were treated to an inspiring talk at the Banbury campus of Banbury and Bicester College on Monday 9 January.

The talk was delivered by Kayode Damali, who is 8th in the world’s top 100 most powerful young entrepreneurs and passionate about young people; determined to encourage them in any way he can. After graduating with a First Class in BSc (Hons) Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Kayode has made a career in motivational speaking and appearing in the media, including the BBC.

Liane Davis, Student Engagement Advisor at Banbury and Bicester College said: “We wanted to help re-motivate the students at this traditionally tricky time of year, to really freshen things up and kick start their venture back into learning.

“Kayode was a fantastic motivational speaker.  The energy in the room once he’d started soared.  He included loads of interaction and his key messages were clear.  I could tell how much the students enjoyed the event, because a lot queued at the end to have a selfie with Kayode.”

Student Szymon Zygmunt, aged 17, said: “Today has really, really helped me.  I always knew what I wanted to do and now I know exactly how to get there.  Kayode was so good”. 

Courtney Solomon, aged 16, said: “Kayode was really good and the talk was totally not what I was expecting.  He’s changed my view on what’s possible and I’ve learnt never to give up.  I feel really positive now.”