Name: Shelbey Elliss
Previous School: Ormiston Endeavour Academy
What subjects did you study at One?
A Level Biology, Psychology and Chemistry
What was your favourite thing about studying at One?
My favourite thing about studying with one was the support offered by the teachers I had encountered. They would openly give up their time to help you until you felt both confident and competent in understanding the topic. I also liked the relaxed teaching style/being on a first name basis as you were able to approach teachers more openly and it didn’t seem like a hierarchy.
I would say that I miss how One brought people together, through the music on the bridge or events within the college.
How did you decide on your career path?
I struggled personally with what I wanted to do in life. I spoke on many occasions with my science teachers about possible career paths and I always returned to wanting to work with animals. I attended all of the university events that occurred at One but I felt the university lifestyle wasn’t what I wanted. I have always grown up with animals and been very involved with them so even though I still had no idea what I wanted to do I stepped out of my comfort zone and just applied for the Central College of Animal Studies and it was the best decision I had ever made. I received tremendous support from my college tutors in my application for the college which made the process a lot easier.
Whilst at One I studied Biology, Chemistry and Psychology which has benefited me greatly in my current course for obvious reasons. The sciences enabled me to grasp the anatomy and physiology sections of my course with ease, along with the basic cell biology and other aspects that cross over. Psychology has also assisted me with understanding the hormone pathway as the ‘Fight or Flight’ mechanism is encompassed into the brain of an animal.
What advice would you give to prospective and current students?
The only advice I can offer is to always follow what it is that you want to do, you don’t have to go to university to accomplish your dream and to move up the career ladder but if that is where you want to go then make sure it is one that will benefit you and get you to where you want to be. Also take any help offered from the teachers, especially when it comes to writing a cover letter as this is the first point of reference a university or career has in getting to see the real you.
What are you hoping to go on to do next?
When I am qualified I have a variety of plans I set to achieve. I would like to study for an extra year to become a Veterinary Nursing Specialist in Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy. I would then like to travel around the country to begin with, working as a Locum nurse in a variety of practices. I then would like to move onto travelling the world to do the same.