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Xia

Previous School:

Royal Alexandra & Albert

Why did you choose Reigate College?

I felt it would prepare me for university and I liked the idea of being more independent. Also, the College has a really good reputation and offers a wide variety of courses.

How and why did you decide which subjects to study?

I based my decisions on my existing passions and how I found my GCSE subjects, but also how well I thought the subjects would combine whether I would enjoy and succeed in studying them.

How did you find the move from school to College?

It was a change, but because I felt supported by the College and my friends and family, I found it more exciting than anything else.

What have you enjoyed/are you enjoying most about your courses?

I like the way all three of my subjects relate to the world around me and come together to give me a greater understanding of how the world works and of the subjects themselves.

How have you found the teaching and support staff (including Careers staff, Learning Support, and others if relevant)?

Both the Careers Department and my teachers on the Aspire Programme helped me choose the best pathway for me and also made me realise my potential and gave me the confidence to apply to Cambridge.

Tell us about any College activities you’ve been involved in outside lessons i.e. sports teams, shows, clubs and activities, DofE etc. What have you got out of them?

I was involved in Cheerleading and Yoga for a while, where I made some really good friends.

What do you like most about being a student at Reigate College?

The fact that I have grown so much as a person here and gained the confidence that makes me believe I will be able to thrive in the adult world.

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

You have the independence to learn to motivate yourself but the support is there if you need it. Also it is large enough that you can be friend with whoever you want basically.

What are your plans for the future?

I’ve got an offer from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge to study HSPS and also one from Bristol University to study Liberal Arts with a year study abroad.

Xia, 2020

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