Monday 14th January 2019
JLC Alumna, Mary-Richardson Slipper
Something we love here at JLC is hearing from Alumni after they’ve left and began their journey to their dream career. We were thrilled when Mary Richardson-Slipper agreed to come back to campus and do a talk for our current A*spire students about life at University.
Mary studied at St Bedes Voluntary Catholic Academy before joining us at JLC to study A Level Maths, Physics and Chemistry alongside Biology and Further Maths AS Levels. Collecting two A*’s and four A’s from her exams, her opportunities were seemingly limitless, but she eventually decided on heading to The University of Manchester to study Astrophysics.
After coming in to speak to our current students, some of who are hoping to progress onto University to study Physics or Astrophysics, I managed to sit down with her and find out more about her time here at John Leggott College…
How was your experience of JLC?
I loved it. It was the best two years of my life. I was very involved within the JLC community, like being a part of the Student Leadership Team and joining different societies – it was thoroughly enjoyable. The support I got from all members of staff at JLC was fantastic; I was supported with my exams, my University application as well as being supported with my academics and well-being. One thing I loved was that I did not get pressured to do anything I didn’t want to do – there was no pressure to apply for University, and if I had decided that I wanted to take a completely different path and not go to University, I know I would have been given full support from all staff.
How did you find the transition from JLC to University?
Well, the main thing I’ve found is that support is totally different at University compared to College. University staff are less likely to notice if you are struggling with something, because there is such a big cohort of students: it’s easy to get lost in the crowd. At college, support is pretty much handed to you whenever you need it, but at University it’s not like that. Don’t get me wrong, the support is definitely there, but you just have to get up and go find it yourself… And make sure you do!
Do you have any advice for future JLC students?
Do what you enjoy. There is absolutely nothing worse than studying a subject and working hard for something that you don’t actually enjoy. Also, remember to have downtime – so many students I know put all of their focus on their to-do list and what work they have left to do and they don’t focus on what their mind and body actually need. Working hard is obvious very important, but if you push yourself to the limit you will eventually burn out and you’ll be miserable. So, yeah, having time to relax is really important – my Sega Mega Drive is my savior!
We wish you all the best in your degree and in your future career, Mary. Please stay in contact!
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