I really enjoyed my time at Brock, and I definitely would not be where I am today without it. I’m really glad I chose to go there. The A Level period was the hardest time of education I’ve had, but definitely the most rewarding. The teachers are fully aware that A Levels are really challenging and a major jump up from school, and they do everything they can to help.
Biology, Chemistry, Psychology
University of Southampton studying Cardiac Physiology
What made you choose to study at Brockenhurst?
“Brock was always the college I had in mind, and when I came to have a look around I really liked the feel of it. The teachers were really friendly and welcoming, and I thought it would be perfect for what I wanted.”
What was your background before you decided to come to college?
“I went to New Forest Academy, and my idea was always to go to college and go on to university because I wanted to be a doctor or something in healthcare. For me there was no other option other than college, I always had that set in my mind.”
What do you do now?
“I’m in my second year at the University of Southampton studying Cardiac Physiology.”
What made you choose your career path?
“I realised that Medicine wasn’t really for me, but I still wanted to do something in healthcare and work with patients. When I came across Cardiac Physiology I realised it was perfect, with everything I wanted to do rolled into one.”
What was your highlight of studying at Brock?
“I think either in my second year when I was double-boxing first and second year Chemistry, because I really didn’t get it and then finally something clicked, or when I received my results and got what I needed to get into Southampton. I remember my Chemistry teacher Ian passing me and saying ‘well done’ on getting a B, and it was the first ‘well done’ I had received in Chemistry in two years.”
How did Brock prepare you for your future?
“It gave me the academic preparation for university and higher education interviews and things like that. And I genuinely learned, more so than school, that if I do actually pull my finger out and try my best I can get to where I want to go.”
What were your teachers like?
“My teachers were fantastic, in both my years. I was lucky to have Rachael Fowkes as my Tutor and my Biology teacher, so she got both barrels of me moaning and saying I couldn’t do things. But she was brilliant and always the voice of reason. She was always interested in what I was doing and was just as excited as me when I found courses I wanted to do, or when I was understanding Chemistry and got my results. I had Katrina and Hannah for Psychology, and they were brilliant. I remember always being able to take practise questions to them when I needed to get feedback and advice.”
How do you feel about your time at Brock?
“I really enjoyed my time at Brock, and I definitely would not be where I am today without it. I’m really glad I chose to go there. The A Level period was the hardest time of education I’ve had, but definitely the most rewarding.”
What are your long-term career goals? Did the opportunities you gained while at the College help you decide what you might like to do?
“Long-term I would like to be working as a cardiac physiologist and work my way up the bands, and work around the world as well. All the progression days and the careers fairs I went to at Brock definitely helped me decide what to do. Before those I was at a dead end as to what to do.”
What do you think makes Brock such a special place?
“The teachers. They’re passionate about what they do, they put students’ needs first and go out of their way to help them. They are fully aware that A Levels are really challenging and a major jump up from school, and they do everything they can to help.”