Former Student Shares The American Dream
Emma Humphries, a former A Level student who is now studying Liberal Arts in the USA, last week returned to Cronton Sixth Form to inspire current students on the college’s Prestigious Universities Programme and tell of her amazing journey so far.
The former Wade Deacon High School pupil applied to study at Smith College Massachusetts, after experiencing life as an American undergraduate over the summer of 2015 through the National Sutton Trust USA Programme. Emma, from Widnes, fought off tough competition from 3700 young people that applied to take part in the programme and spent a week at Yale University, an experience that influenced her to study abroad.
The 19 year old is now in her first year at Smith College and is loving life in the USA. Emma said, “Studying in the USA has been an amazing experience so far; the classes are really interesting and challenging. The flexible ‘open curriculum’ style of learning at Smith allows me to study new and different things; I’m even taking a neuroscience class next semester! There are lots of opportunities to take advantage of.
“I have made lots of new friends and the social life is amazing. I’m the only Brit in my class, but it has been a big positive; my American friends love having a British friend!”
Emma keeps in regular contact with staff at Cronton and is eager to help current students follow her path of studying abroad. She commented, “It’s great to meet students who are interested in studying abroad. I was able to talk to a class today about the USA experience and provide advice for applicants. Studying abroad is the best decision I have ever made; it’s really hard work but worth it.”
Emma will be returning to Cronton whenever she can to take part in more PUP events, including a talk at the ‘Gifted and Talented Day’ with local school pupils.
She said, “The Prestigious Universities Programme at Cronton opened my eyes to the Sutton Trust USA Programme and studying abroad. Through this programme, my dreams of studying abroad became a reality; I discovered the different paths available and learned of funding possibilities to make it possible.
“Even if you are slightly interested in studying abroad, I would say definitely apply for the Sutton Trust USA programme; it is an amazing opportunity. Studying at Cronton made me more ambitious, adventurous, and I finished feeling prepared for life through things like moving away from home. There are so many options when leaving college, I would say do what fits you, not what you think you have to do.”
Luke MacMahon, Head of the Prestigious Universities Programme, commented, “We are very proud of the success Emma has achieved in earning a place at Smith College. She has been a fantastic role model for our current students and is always eager to help when she can. The student feedback about Emma’s talk has been tremendous and we are excited to work with her on our future PUP activities.”