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How and why did you decide which subjects to study?

Art has always been a favourite subject of mine. I took it at GCSE and because I want to move forwards in the art world, I decided to also take Textiles. I didn’t have experience in Textiles but the materials, techniques and possible ideas inspired me!

Philosophy wasn’t something that I had heard of before looking through the College courses, but I’ve always been curious about questions surrounding the world. It’s become my favourite subject to discuss and allows me to explore my love of debating and reasoning.

How did you find the move from school to College?

I flourished in the move from school to college. I was able to grow and explore myself whilst being surrounded by people with the same loves as me. I really found myself after the first year and began to consider my future and the type of person that I want to be. I may not have everything figured out, but I trust in my abilities and my choices as an independent person.

Tell us about any College Enrichment activities you’ve been involved in outside lessons.

One of my favourite aspects of College is the wide range of clubs and activities offered. Sports, knitting, debating, Lego, whatever you can think of there’s probably a club for it at College. Classic Album Club is one of my favourite extra-curriculars. Each week someone introduces a new album, and then everyone snuggles on the sofas, with the lights off, and we share our thoughts and opinions at the end. It’s a perfect way to unwind at the end of the day.

What do you think makes Reigate College a good place to be a student?

Reigate College is the perfect place to be a student. The courses are well organised and challenge you to be the best that you can. Everyone is welcoming and accepting and there is a beautiful atmosphere throughout the campus. They can provide you with anything you need whether it be materials, support, or questions about the future – there is always someone there ready to listen and help.

What’s your plan for when you leave College?

My dream is to use my Art Foundation course to discover what area I would like to specialise in. I have always loved fine art but because of my Textiles A Level I have found a love for textiles and printing. I would like to complete my degree course at Norwich University of the Arts before moving forwards into the world of art. I don’t have a plan for what I would like to do, but I know that it will involve being surrounded by creativity!

Freya, 2024

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