1. How did BSG help you prepare for the University of St Andrews?
In terms of academics, the geography department was really good for me, and the way I write at university comes naturally now because of the way BSG teachers taught essay writing. The fun courses that Sixth Form ran, like cooking and ironing, were also a big help in preparing me.
We also had lots of talks from the visa office and universities, so they went through all the documents needed and I could follow their advice. BSG has a great support network now with Ms Wu as careers advisor.
2. Has your subject option changed at all since joining university?
I’ve just changed my course after a year and a half, because I was doing 3 subjects — social anthropology, mathematics and geography in my first semester. I’m now taking first and second-year psychology as two separate subjects, together with social anthropology, so it’s quite flexible.
3. What do you recommend current Sixth Form students do between now and when they apply?
Definitely build leadership skills — BSG offers a lot of opportunities. Participating in sports teams helps a lot for leadership, and the Tanzania trip was amazing — covering community projects and seeing a lot more than you’d ever imagine. It’s good to do charity work to add to your personal statement, or be involved with music and drama. Consistency is the key.
4. Is there any personal advice you would give, based on your first experiences of university?
Keep in touch with family and friends because it’s easy to feel lonely straightaway. Meeting new people at university can be daunting, but being an international school student really helps you, because you’re used to people coming and going all the time and you can make friends quickly.