The teachers at Brock have all been really good. I’ve got on well with all my teachers and I feel very comfortable talking to them and asking them questions. Quite often I’ll go to ask them questions when the lesson has finished. Also, the LRC is great because it’s open after college and it’s quite big and there’s still a lot of people in there, you can hang out with your friends but still get on with work.
A level Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science.
Offer from University of Cambridge to study Maths with Physics.
What made you choose to study at Brock?
“Well, actually it was something of a last-minute decision. I was unsure about whether I should go to a school-based sixth form or a college. However, I think I made the right choice. I decided I needed the greater social benefits a college atmosphere provides. No doubt, I feel a lot happier now than I did then, which is down to meeting so many new people at Brock.”
What was your background before you decided to come to college?
“I studied for my GCSEs at Highcliffe School.”
What made you choose your progression path?
“I’ve always been into Maths and Physics. I often watch maths/physics documentaries, and I used to do maths-related things with my Granddad when I was really young. He was an accountant, so he really wanted me to be good at maths.”
What were your highlights while attending Brock?
“The teachers have all been really good. I’ve got on well with all my teachers and I feel very comfortable talking to them and asking them questions. Quite often I’ll go to ask them questions when the lesson has finished. Also, the LRC…. Because it’s open after college and it’s quite big and there’s still a lot of people in there, you can hang out with your friends but still get on with work.”
Have you taken up any opportunities since studying at the College? In what ways did they help your development?
“I follow Enrichment opportunities in Robotics and Physics. I’m also involved in the Students’ Union. I participate in Enrichment options mainly for the fun aspect. Although, I think Robotics is good for building up the skills for Physics because there’s a lot of testing and experimenting. I think of the Physics Enrichment as a bit of fun on the side, learning more physics and talking about it a lot.”
Why did you apply to study at the University of Cambridge?
“Obviously Cambridge is one of the best universities in the world, and I think I picked it over Oxford and some of the other ones like Imperial because of the social life there. I’ve visited them quite a few times and I feel that Oxford is just incredibly busy, whereas Cambridge seems to me like a more close-knit community. The college I applied to at Cambridge, Emmanuel College, is known for diversity, so I’ll be meeting a lot of different people from different backgrounds.”
How did Brock support you in the process of applying to Cambridge?
“My tutors have given me the most help. Sara Yarwood and Mario Sheath have been incredibly helpful in assisting with my personal statement. I also had help with my interview skills from Hugo Gibson. My interview went really well, and if it wasn’t for Hugo I don’t think I would have received my offer.”
What are your long-term career goals?
“I have no idea. I think that’s one of the big reasons I want to go to university, to find out…”
How did the opportunities you gained while at the College help you decide what you might like to do?
“My teachers inspired me, but I already knew it was going to be something related to Maths, Physics or Computer Science.”