“John Leggott College was clearly the one for me because of its high-achieving academic reputation, its friendly and approachable staff and the fact that instead of just offering an education, JLC offered a full package of extra-curricular activities, a special support network for those looking at Russell Group Universities, an active and engaging Student Union in addition to an education which is surely one of the best in the area.
One of my favourite memories is starting the Physics Society and organising our first speaker. To me this was amazing because there was a network of people just as excited about Physics as I was. It helped dig in that I wasn’t the only one who was excited about Astrophysics, and that was a big driver for me. I also remember the SLT and playing my part in changing JLC and making a difference in the community.
My favourite part of my time at Leggott was not necessarily the work we did in class, but what we were encouraged to do outside lessons with A*spire. I was always someone who spent hours looking online at Physics and Maths problems, and every now and again found that I had to approach someone for help with my extra studies. Hence the hours I spent with teachers after class asking about different areas of physics, or applications of buffer systems in soft drinks. I feel like it not only stood me in good stead for my subject, but for life in general…I found out that there’s nothing wrong with being inquisitive, or asking questions.
I have the Opportunities and Destinations team at John Leggott to thank for the time they invested in getting me where I am now. From my first year they continually engaged with me though the A*spire programme, keeping me focussed on my aim and ensuring I achieve my goal.
My life and career have really developed over the last few months. I am now a recognised Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS) and hold formal positions in the Junior Common Room for my hall as Sciences and Charity Representatives. This has led to me having been given an invite to a formal meal in London with the St. Anselm Hall Association (a.k.a. the Old Boys) (St. Anselm being the hall I am in for this year) which was held in the Traveller’s Club on Pall Mall.”