What was your last educational setting?
Studied at Deben High School until my student exchange to Canada which allowed me to complete my education there.
What did you study?
Except for the standard classes you had to take (RE,PE, English and Maths) you were able to pick extra credits. You had to have a total of 16 credits by the end of grade 12 to graduate and walk along the stage with your peers. Business, Philosophy, English, Media study and Dance
What did you enjoy about your studies or time at the setting? I enjoyed exploring the difference between education here and education in Canada. Being able to experience the true ‘American Graduation’ also was a dream.
Being the one to decide a massive life changing decision about moving abroad and potentially being away from family for that space of time was an eye opener for me. It became true to me that I was braver than I let myself believe and I actually had the courage to do such a thing!
My time at the setting was very eye opening, to be able to see two sides of education and how things are treated differently, how grades are marked differently, expectations are different, dynamics are different, teachers being more like your friends rather than teachers. All very different to my time at (what was known as) Deben High School.
What are you doing now since leaving?
I am now back in England and I am now the Business Development Manager for Student Life.
What do you hope to be doing this time next year (or in the future)?
Same career path or different? This time next year I would like to hope I am in the same position working with this fantastic charity, working alongside great people help conquer world domination!
What advice would you give to those still in education? I’m not going to say that high school will be the best years of your life, it might well be, but it might also be the worst. The advice I would give would be to not take your education for granted, you may think it’s a waste of your time but it sets you up for life skills you will need in the future. I would also like to say, you may have a plan as to what you want your life to look like but if it doesn’t work out don’t be too harsh on yourself. Everything happens for a reason (I don’t like calling it fate, but circumstances) Just remember smart people work everywhere, not just academic jobs.