Joanna Bennell

Joanna Bennell

I chose to study at Brock because I thought that if I wanted to go to university, Brock would be a good stepping-stone. If I’d stayed at school I’d have been in familiar surroundings, so I chose to step outside my comfort zone.

Studied:

Psychology (A*), Biology (A*), Economics (A*)

Where are you now?

University of Birmingham

Congratulations on your results. How do you feel?

“Very shocked and surprised.”

Are there any members of staff who have particularly helped you during your studies?

“I’d say all my teachers. Whenever I’ve gone to ask for help they’ve all been very willing to go that extra mile to help, especially if I’ve gone to them with a specific exam question or have asked for advice on where else to find stuff.”

What has been your highlight while attending Brock?

“I’d say definitely the fact that I’ve been able to meet so many different people. When I came here I didn’t know that many people, and I think it’s good that there are students who come here from so many different schools. I’ve made so many new friends.”

What made you choose to study at Brock?

“I think the fact that I wanted a change. I’d come from a school where they had a Sixth Form attached, but I wanted to try something new. That was because if I decided I wanted to go to university, Brock would be a good stepping-stone. If I’d stayed at school I’d have been in familiar surroundings, so I chose to step outside my comfort zone.”

Have you taken up any extra opportunities?

“I did the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Mine was based around Singapore’s economy, which I found really interesting. It helped a lot with my UCAS personal statement. I’m glad I was told about the benefits of the EPQ because it’s probably not something I would have thought about doing otherwise.”

What did you enjoy or find particularly inspiring about each of your subjects?

“Psychology was fascinating because everything you do as a person can be explained. I really enjoyed Economics because I hadn’t studied it before and I feel like I’ve learned so much. Biology is really interesting because it’s all about what we’re made of.”

What are you planning to do next?

“I’m off to the University of Birmingham, which I’m very excited about.”

What are your long-term career goals?

“I really want to go into development economics. Maybe work for the Civil Service…”

Did your time at Brock help you decide what you might like to do?

“Yes.”