Gifted students experience life as Cambridge undergraduates
Seven students in their first year at Cronton Sixth Form have experienced life at one of the top universities in the country, as part of the 2016 Cambridge University Student Union Shadowing Scheme.
Successful applicants to the scheme have the opportunity to stay at the University of Cambridge for three days, spending time with a current undergraduate who is studying a subject of interest to the applicant.
Shadowing students can accompany their mentor during events such as lectures, supervisions, student societies and social events to name a few. The students are also given advice and information about the application process by both students and admissions tutors.
Alistair Ward and William Keeley, both formerly of Wade Deacon High School, Danielle Ellis, formerly of Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School, Shahbaz Khan, formerly of Tower College, Anna Prudhoe, formerly of Lord Derby Academy, Emma Lansdell, formerly of The Grange School, and Olivia Darwin Welsby, formerly of Rainhill High School, were all delighted to have been accepted on to the exclusive scheme which gives a small number of gifted students the opportunity to experience life at a top university.
Alistair Ward, 16, commented, “As an experience, it is certainly unforgettable. It has helped me realise that attending universities as prestigious as Oxbridge is achievable. I hope to apply there at the end of this year.”
Anna Prudhoe, 17, said of her experience, “Whilst at Cambridge I attended lectures in Pharmacology and Biochemistry. I also attended a ‘life as a medical student’ event which was an amazing experience which allowed me to gain a proper insight into a medicine degree. Before the scheme, I believed that Cambridge was an unachievable dream, but it is in fact a very realistic goal for anyone willing to work hard enough.”
Danielle Ellis, 16, said, “When I found out I was accepted onto the scheme, I was overwhelmed that I had been presented with such an incredible opportunity. The experience has given me a real insight into the level of dedication it takes to be a Cambridge student and what I need to do to be one.”
Dr Luke MacMahon, Head of the Prestigious Universities Programme, said, “The students had a wonderful, rewarding time during their stay at the University of Cambridge. It is important at Cronton that we are able to offer these prestigious university schemes for our gifted students to ensure they are prepared for the application process for Oxbridge and other Russell Group Universities.”