Former School - Westbourne High School
Subjects Studied at One - Physics, Chemistry, Maths
Left One - July 2012
What have you been doing since you left One?
I recently graduated from University of Hertfordshire with a 1st class in Aerospace Systems Engineering and have just started a Masters in Advanced Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London. During my degree I spent a month in Michigan in the US training towards a pilot's license. I also spent one year working for Airbus in Bristol in the Landing Gear Systems department.
What are your plans for the future?
I don't have a clear goal at the moment, instead I've got several things I'd like to pursue. I'd like to complete my pilot training and become either a commercial or private pilot. My interest in Aerospace came from the work of the AAIB who investigate accidents involving aircraft and helps to make air travel safer so it would be interesting to work with them. Finally I'd like to join up with the European Space Agency and take part in their exploration missions to Mars and beyond! I'm very fortunate that my degree has given me the foundation to explore any of these.
What is the one thing you miss the most about college?
The tiffin from the shop was good!
How did your time at One prepare you for life after college?
The jump from GCSE to A-Level was a big one and it took me a long time to deal with it. So for the first time in my life I had to work incredibly hard and motivate myself in order to stay on track and not fall behind. I made use of revision classes, mentors, whatever it took to overcome the problem. This jump is something I'm now experiencing again with the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate so the work ethic and self-motivation that I gained during my time at One is something that I now use every day.
Is there any advice you would offer students currently with us to help them prepare for their next steps?
It sounds clichéd but there really isn't anything that hard work can't solve. Also don't be afraid to fail, it's just important that you can pick yourself up afterwards.
When it comes to university applications, starting early and really researching your options and making sure it's what you want to do is crucial. It's a big investment in terms of time and money so you need to make sure it's right. University is probably the only place where you have the perfect balance of work and play so showcasing your personality, not hiding it away is the key to having a great and successful time there.