Why did you choose Reigate College?

I was ready for a change and a step up from a secondary school setting. I also liked the idea of more independence and had heard lots of positive things about the College.

How and why did you decide which subjects to study?

I decided to do four subjects as I wanted to take three A Levels, but I’ve always loved Acting and didn’t want to give it up, so I took that as well. I decided on Classics as I loved the idea of studying ancient Greece and Rome and their mythology and it combined my interests in History and Literature.

How did you find the move from school to College?

In my experience it was really easy to settle in as you quickly meet lots of new people, and the teachers are so supportive.

The academic side was quite a step up. You always hear that A Levels are so much harder than GCSEs and it’s true! But there are lots of opportunities to gain additional support such as through Plus Classes.

What have you enjoyed most about your courses?

I love how broad a subject Classics is, and how it explains so much about our world today, which I find so interesting.

I love how learning a language opens up lots of opportunities, for example studying abroad at university. I also like how we learn about important and relevant topics in Spanish, such as inequality and the dictatorship of Franco.

How have you found the teaching and support staff?

All my teachers are great. You always feel like you can ask for help and they treat you like an adult.

Careers was so helpful when I was applying for universities. At first, I didn’t know what I wanted to study at uni but they helped me work it out and gave me advice on applications and my personal statement.

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

I played Ronnette in the College show, Little Shop of Horrors. This was so much fun and I loved rehearsing and performing the show. I also go regularly to the College gym which is an amazing facility, and it’s free! I recently joined the Trampolining club to try something new and fun. All the activities I’ve done are light-hearted and you can join at any level, so it’s worth giving some a try!

What are your plans for the future?

I want to study Liberal Arts at Bristol University with a year abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. I’m not sure about my plans beyond that yet.

Natalia, 2022

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