As I’ve mentioned on here before, I’m definitely one for getting ahead of myself! Yesterday I attended a student conference about Russel group and Oxbridge universities, run specifically for 14-16 year olds. The course is all about encouraging teenagers to think ahead about choices in education.
When introducing his (very interesting) speech, Peter Rawling described how the 17 and 18 year olds he’d been working with had wished they’d been given more information and guidance on education paths years earlier. And so the chain of conferences aimed at us younger students began! We were given loads of valuable information about university in general, how best to get there, and how to enrich our education to really reach our potential. I left the conference feeling very enthusiastic about the prospect of working my socks off to maybe head to uni in a few years time. To study what, I’m not quite sure, but a few courses caught my attention!
Anyway, hindsight is a valuable thing and it’d be great to benefit from yours. Any “things I wish I did” advice?
University? Gap years? Travel?
Is there anything that you’re just finding out now, that would’ve been useful to know at 16? I’m pretty sure that I’ll be taking a gap year, so I’m not considering the university application process or anything just yet. I’d love to do some work experience sometime in the near future and really make the most of my first 9 week summer. I’m sure many of you have come across other opportunities that I’ve never heard of; it’d be great to hear stories of experiences you’ve had that you feel enriched your learning/ personal development in any way!
On a final note, I’ve mentioned on here before that I plan to take A-level Maths, Physics, History, and Textiles. sounds like a pretty random bunch ey? Keeping all bases covered, then I can decide from there which subject I enjoy the most. Have you any advice on these subjects, or any similar? Did you even have any idea at 16 of what you’d end up doing with your days?
lily kate x